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The Best Lighting Patterns for Portrait Photo Shoots

This post is written and sponsored by Venture Photography. Portrait photography is highly specific. To be successful, you need great understanding of aesthetics and the right equipment which is why many couples and families turn to professional photographers for their group photo shoots. Proper light is very important for capturing the best facial features and […]

Contest: Single Flash Drama

Hello all! I’ve got another contest to announce! Once we have mastered the basics of photography – the in’s and out’s of the camera, the exposure triangle, depth of field, and the like – our thoughts start turning toward the manipulation of light. Before we acquire the skills necessary to manage a whole studio full […]

PocketWizard Straight Out of the Box

I purchased two PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers (here’s the one for Nikon) for use with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon Speedlite 580EX II. This morning I took them out of their boxes, put the batteries in, put one on my speedlight (which was mounted on a light stand) and one on my camera’s hot shoe. […]

Flash, Strobe, or Constant Light?

When casting light upon your photographic subject, which is better, flashes and strobes, or constant light sources such as bulbs and lamps? The answer, as in many things in life, is “it depends”. Five Reasons To Use A Flash or Strobe: 1. You really need to be able to direct, modify and shape the light. […]

Light Meter Basics

One of the most essential items of gear that a photographer must have in his or her arsenal is a light meter (even though Steve didn’t mention it in his last article, and yes I jump at the chance to tease him). Some would argue that the light meter is just as important as the […]

Building a Photography Studio

By Steve Russell You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t been writing. Well, maybe not, but I haven’t had an article here for the last three weeks or so. And the reason is that we’ve been in the process of moving from Florida back to Texas. Still not settled in and […]

Studio Backdrops/Backgrounds

By Steve Russell When you look at most professional portraits you might think that the photographer had a really nice studio in a room of their home or even a really nice space in an office building or a retail building. The truth is that most photographers have their studios in old warehouses, garages of […]

Going Pro – How to Prioritize Gear Purchases

Unfortunately, most of us work with a limited budget when it comes to purchasing photography gear. Once we consider taking our photography to the next level and going pro, having the right gear becomes even more important. Not only is it important to have the right gear to capture the shots, it is also important […]

An Inexpensive Speedlight Studio

One of the most often-asked questions we get is, “What do I buy to get my Speedlight off of my camera and start taking great pictures in a small home studio?” I have a Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash (which I LOVE, by the way), and recently picked up a few things to make its […]

Review: Studio Lighting 101 Workshop by SnapFactory

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Studio Lighting 101 Workshop hosted by Mark Wallace and Snapfactory in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Wallace is a fixture in the photography world, well known for his approachable and engaging instructional videos on Adorama.tv’s Digital Photography One on One series, Pocket Wizard tutorials, and more. The one […]