Lighting

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2006 202 comments

Every photographer knows about visible light being used to capture photographic images digitally or with film, but there are other kinds of light that we can't see. Light with wavelengths from approximately 700 and 900nm (nanometers) is called infrared light. Interestingly, this band of infrared light is a thousand times wider than that of visible light, but is invisible to...

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Robert E. Mayer Posted: Oct 01, 2006 1 comments

Taking good close-up pictures of most any small subject a foot or less away from the lens is relatively easy these days, what with the macro-focusing capability found on some zoom lenses. That's no problem when you use available light. But what happens when you want or need to add auxiliary light to the scene? The tiny flash built into many current SLR cameras is designed to...

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Jim Zuckerman Posted: Oct 01, 2006 4 comments

One of my favorite times to shoot landscapes is when a thick fog has descended on the land and engulfed everything in sight. It is a magical thing to experience, and for fine art nature photographers it doesn't get any better. We all love to shoot scenes with brilliant, saturated colors and crystal clear air typical of well-known national parks like Bryce Canyon and Monument...

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Barry Tanenbaum Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

In most cases when we talk to climbers who photograph or photographers who climb, we start out by asking which came first, the climbing or the photography. About 75 percent answer the former. Then we ask why they climb. The answer is usually some variation of "it's a thrill." And then, why they photograph, which brings a variation of "to capture the...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Oct 01, 2005 2 comments

Studio lighting often carries with it the stigma of high cost and high demands (on electricity and learning curve), but that is not necessarily the case. Studio lighting is only as complicated as you make it. You can buy an inexpensive set of lights that will do all you need, with a short learning curve, without fear of shorting circuits around the house. Augment these lights with...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2005 4 comments

There's an old photographer's joke that goes: "If God invented light, then the devil invented fluorescent light." How times do change. With digital capture, fluorescent light can be your friend and I don't mean those long tubes hanging in lighting fixtures from the ceiling. I'm talking about a new breed of portrait lighting tools designed...

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Jason Schneider Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

If there's one thing that makes pictures shot by leading professional photographers stand out from the pack, it's lighting. But while it's relatively easy to get precisely controlled lighting effects in a well-equipped studio, these pros have to deliver consistent studio-quality results in the field--whether they're shooting on location in a dark...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

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"This excerpt was taken from Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging © 2003, SYBEX Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

Flash has come a long way from the old days when photographers were required to make complex calculations to get a good flash exposure. Almost all digital cameras...

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Jay Abend Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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The look of flash photography has been a problem for photographers for decades. As we migrated from huge silver reflectors stuffed with flash bulbs to smaller and more portable electronic flash units, the look of on-camera...

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Steve Bedell Posted: Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

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Through the years, I've experimented with many different styles of light and many different light modifiers. There's an old saying that "light is light." That's true, but what a complicated...

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Frank Weston Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments

In the Western US, sunrise and sunset photography can often be especially challenging because there aren't any clouds. Without clouds or haze, the sky simply fades from a very pale, burnished blue to gray. No drama. No flash of color. No spectacular...

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Jack Neubart Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments

Well-grounded in the photo biz as one of its premier suppliers of photo gear, New Jersey-based Bogen Imaging Inc. (www.bogenimaging.us), formerly Bogen Photo Corp., lent its support to--and you might...

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Ben Clay/Web Photo School Posted: Apr 01, 2004 0 comments

Anyone who's ever been on a movie set is sure to have a sense of just how involved the lighting setups can be. Because shooting for film is very involved, expensive, and takes up a lot of time, production teams need to be able to create their own...

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Ben Clay/Web Photo School Posted: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Most studio photographers would agree that lighting and photographing highly reflective objects can be extremely challenging, particularly curved objects like this turtle that mirror everything in the room. Since your lights will show...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

With the immense popularity of online sales and auctions, the need to show off those goods to advantage becomes increasingly important. In fact, eBay (ebay.com), the most popular site for such activities, provides some basic tips, which focus on proper lighting and suitable backgrounds. While...

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