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Learning Product Photography with Sandy Dorau

If you follow the Improve Photography network of podcasts (and you are crazy if you are not, each show offers some unique insight from different hosts that make my commute much more enjoyable), you have noticed a lot of talk lately about product photography. If I am going to be honest, product photography never interested me at all, but the …

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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 …