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The Best Westcott Light Modifiers Reviewed and Compared

If you have looked into flash photography at all, then you surely know the name Westcott.  When I was first shopping for new flash modifiers,  Westcott was the first place I went as they were the main name I knew and they have a reputation in the industry for producing high quality lighting gear.  Their website has about everything you …

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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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Savage Universal Lighting Kit: Good deal or junky quality?

I am guessing many of you have a similar story to me.  I have always enjoyed shooting landscapes–all the way back to my disposable film cameras as a kid.  As I got older and started traveling more, I broadened a little to include typical travel photography, but that was the extent of my photography for years.  I never even thought …

What’s the difference between an umbrella, a softbox, and a beauty dish?

UPDATE! This post is quite old.  For an updated version of this post with example pictures click here.   Umbrella Umbrellas throw light EVERYWHERE!  Because they are large light sources, they produce very soft light.  The biggest draw to umbrellas is frankly the cost, portability, and simplicity.  A 43″ umbrella can be purchased for around $17. While umbrellas are easy …

FUNdamentals of soft light for portrait photography

When you start talking about teaching the fundamentals of anything, people tune out.  I’m hoping I got you here with the whole FUNdamentals thing.  Seriously, this post is gonna be a lot of fun (no, not really). Soft light vs. Hard light We’ve all heard people use these terms and many of us probably know what these terms mean intuitively, …