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Great Beginner Light Sources

Some day soon I hope to set up a home-based studio. That “soon” is dictated by the whims of our 21-year-old daughter, who moved back in with us in July and has no firm plans for moving out as of yet. Since she occupies what used to be the only “free” room in the house, […]

How It Was Done (Part One)

Following up on yesterday’s post, here are the techniques used for the first two photographs that I featured: Photo #1: The photographer used excellent camera and lighting technique in order to capture this image of a drop hitting a pool of water. According to the description accompanying spettacolopuro’s photo, the photographer used a Canon 40D […]

Correcting White Balance

Getting the correct white balance in a photo can be tricky. The white balance settings on cameras (auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, etc.) can get you most of the way toward where you need to be, but sometimes the setting of the photo itself makes it tricky to correctly capture the white […]

My Dream Photo Studio

When it comes to photography equipment, I’ve had a nasty case of “Want Disease” for just about my entire life. Waaaaaay back in the day, before digital photography, I wanted my own darkroom. An enlarger, developing trays, chemical sinks, black bags, the whole nine yards. I envisioned myself cast in the red glow of the […]

Painting with light!

Hi all! This post is a follow-up to our recent post on ‘Creativity with LEDs’, and is for those who are wondering how to get results like those. Contained in the following paragraphs is the ‘secret recipe’ to becoming a pro light painter!  Man that sounds awesome… “I’m a painter… I paint with light..!” Enough […]

I can see the light

This past weekend I was at my parents house and they have these huge sliding glass doors and I’m kind of obsessed with them and the light they cast. One morning while Lexi and I were up there I decided to stage a little photoshoot experimenting with the light.  This is Lexi with Chevy – […]

Vignetting – When and Why to Vignette

If you are anything like me you have a regular set of sites you stop at for inspiration of photos and one thing I’m noticing all the time now is Vignetting.  Vignetting is a photographic effect and it’s also a by product of super zoom lenses.  In the easiest language possible it’s when you have […]

HDR 101 – High Dynamic Range Imaging

A friend of mine is really into HDR.  This wasn’t something that I was really aware of up until six months ago and because I’m curious by nature I did a little research about what HDR is, what photographs make for a good HDR project and how to go about doing it.  So here’s the […]

Photography in the News: Groundhogs

Today is Groundhogs Day.  Not exactly a holiday – it doesn’t get me out of work and unfortunately it’s not going to make the gray of winter move along faster.  In a few minutes some well dressed man with a top hat will reach his hand into the hole of a Groundhog pull him out […]

Catchlights 101

I used to take good pictures on accident.  Every once in a while I would really look at a portrait I had taken and think “something about this just makes it look really special”.  Upon learning what a Catchlight is I realized that a lot of the portraits I loved had Catchlights.   What is […]