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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 …

How to Photograph a Wedding in Low Light

One of the first things I do when I book a wedding client is make sure that we have a chance to discuss their wedding day timeline together. I know that I can help my couples have the best pictures possible simply by using my experience and knowledge of light to help them plan out the timing of their day. …

Great Dance Recital Photographs in Nine Easy Steps

If you ever get a chance to photograph a dance recital, make sure you jump, pirouette or even two-step at the chance.  That’s because photographing a dance recital is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your photographic skills, and make a whole bunch of kids extremely happy at the same time. The first time I was asked to photograph a dance …