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Behind The Scenes of a Kids Cosplay Photoshoot

I recently had the pleasure of watching Improve Photography’s “Lighting in a Flash” video workshop, wherein, Jim Harmer teaches the fundamentals of flash photography. I highly recommend purchasing it if you are interested in using flash or especially if you are struggling to get the results you’re looking for. It’s only $50 and is jam-packed with valuable information. In one …

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11 Must Have Photography Items that Won’t Break the Bank

There are a lot of articles with suggestions for gadgets to buy yourself or gifts to buy your friends and significant others that are interested in photography, but a lot of them are filled with inexpensive gadgets and novelties that are, admittedly, very neat, but aren’t really what you (or they) need. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some …

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Watch This Lighting Genius Create 3 Looks in One Room

Dedolight International Competition 2015 – Lighting Tutorial: How to create 3 atmospheres in one room from Dugly Habits on Vimeo.   Produced by Dugly Habits (www.duglyhabits.com) Camera: Mark Klotz Lighting: Dugly Habits Actors: Joanna Barbera (Paula), Ives Pancera (Peter) Supported by dedo light (www.dedolight.com) I’ve always been impressed by the lighting in movies.  As photographers, we often place so much …

Best Speedlight Flash Options for Fuji Cameras

When I look at a new camera system, my first questions are about the lens system and the flash system, and THEN I’ll consider the actual camera itself.  The main reason why I avoided the Sony camera system a few years ago (this is no longer an issue) is because their “standard” hotshoe was… well… not standard. So when I …

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Night Portraits with Bokeh: An EASY, step-by-step tutorial

If you feel like your portrait photography has become stale, then a night portrait is an excellent way to spice things up. This last week I was in Southwest Florida holding a completely free photography workshop for readers of the site.  I always share step-by-step tutorials like this in my free “Behind the Photos” newsletter  but I decided to put this one on …

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Gel Shifting (Flash Photography 101)

“Gel shifting” means shifting the color palette of a photo by using a gelled flash to change the lighting on the subject and changing the white balance to change the background colors.  The term “gel shifting” isn’t known by the vast majority of professional photographers.  Usually this is referred to in photographer circles as “that thing where you use a gel …