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Jim Harmer’s Lighting In A Flash Video Workshop Review

There is so much to learn about the world of photography, and there might be ten times as many photographers out there teaching about any given subject related to photography, it can be confusing at times to pick a book, a video, a workshop. I recently watched Jim Harmer’s “Lighting In A Flash” video workshop and here is my review. …

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How Wedding Photographers Can Nail Reception Lighting

The question comes up again and again: what is the “go-to” setup for reception lighting? Here’s the answer: there isn’t one. I should say, there isn’t only one setup. That’s the thing about photographing an event or a reception–you can’t rely on one setup to make great photos every time. The venue, the size of the crowd, the action, and …

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My Yongnuo YN-560 Flash Won’t Fire–HELP!

I absolutely love the YN-560 flash and the YN-560 TX controller.  They are absolutely awesome, and significantly easier to use than the Canon and Nikon brand flashes; however, there are still a lot of issues to consider when trying to trigger an off-camera flash. I can’t tell you how many times on workshops someone has showed me a “broken” flash …

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Reviewing Some Basic Flash Gear from Impact

As a landscape and travel photographer, I had never had any interest in flash photography, but, as many of you can probably relate to, following Improve Photography and listening to the podcasts has opened my curiosity to try many new things in photography.  Flash photography is one of those things.  Soon after buying a YN-560 Flash and Trigger, I got …

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The MagBeam – A Review of MagMod’s Newest Modifier

MagMod has done it again.  The company that has provided thousands of photographers around the world with lightweight, portable, easy to use magnetic modifiers has created yet another modifier designed to make our lives as speedlight photographers easier.  The MagBeam, MagMod’s newest modifier, is designed to allow photographers to produce creative, designed light patterns in a quick, easy to use manner.  But, …

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Beyond Speedlight Basics – Your Next 3 Skills to Master

As a follow-up to my first “Learn Your Flash” article, this post will move beyond the basics of the buttons and bounce flash. We’ll explore how to use MULTI mode, using a remote trigger for off-camera flash, and how the exposure triangle works with flash. You don’t need tons of gear for the tips here: this article includes scenarios with only …

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Creating a Good Sports Composite

The majority of photographers will not have to worry about making a composite image but anyone who gets into Team and Individual or commercial work will at some point need to create a composite image.  A composite image is any image where the final outcome is a single image made from multiple images. In sports this is typically for team …