Steve Bedell
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Steve Bedell May 01, 1999 0 comments

The call typically goes like this. "Hi, my name is Sandy. My friends keep telling me that I should be a model. I don't know about that, but I need some portfolio pictures so I can show them to people. Do you do that? Can you tell me how much...

Steve Bedell Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Steve Bedell, All Rights Reserved

As a professional, I'm asked all the time, What's the best camera? Of course, we all know that there is no "best camera" out there, at least not yet, but there is one out there that's best for you. After reading the info below, you'll be perfectly capable of making that decision.
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Steve Bedell Sep 01, 2007 1 comments

I had a thought (it happens!) back in the `80s. I was thinking how great it would be to create a portrait piece of someone that combined several images together to show the many facets of that individual. Let's take an example. Suppose you were commissioned to do a portrait of a young man. His interests may include playing football, swimming, sailing, playing guitar...

Lighting
Steve Bedell Oct 01, 2002 0 comments

Many years ago when I opened my first studio, I visited another photographer who had been in business for many years. When I saw his camera room, I noticed he had a big "X" on the floor in a few...

Portraiture
Steve Bedell Oct 01, 2006 1 comments

For years photographers have extolled the virtues of taking portraits on overcast days or during the "sweet light" that occurs near the beginning and end of every day. On cloudy days, the contrast range is reduced, allowing you to capture detail throughout the image, from the brightest area to the deepest shadow. Near sunset, you also get a reduced contrast range, with...

Features
Steve Bedell Apr 01, 2003 0 comments

New Concepts In Album Design

It's really great to be involved in photography these days. I've seen more changes in the last five years than the 20 before it. And not one sector of the imaging world remains unchanged by...

Lighting, Pro Techniques
Steve Bedell Mar 01, 2011 1 comments

Most of us know about making outdoor portraits using the small fill flash on our cameras. But these photos have a “look” that tells everyone they were “made with flash.” They have a flat, often harsh look to them. A more sophisticated technique that can be accessed with many new cameras is the use of off-camera flash; you can even use multiple units controlled directly from the camera. I use...

Lighting, Outdoor/Travel
Steve Bedell Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

I live on the East Coast, and I mean right on it. My studio is located about 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. People who live here love the beach, and of course the tourists who descend like swarming flies on a slain wildebeest every...

Software & Computers
Steve Bedell Jul 26, 2012 Published: Jun 01, 2012 9 comments
Judging by the popularity of facial retouching software, there seem to be a lot of people out there who want to make their subjects look like they just arrived off a private jet from Monte Carlo. And they want to do it fast, and not get bogged down with little technicalities like learning how to use Photoshop. So, is it possible to just press a button and instantly have a complexion that looks like J.Lo after an hour in the makeup chair? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out, so let’s take a look.

First, let’s take a look at what we have. Perfect Portrait is one of six products that combined give you onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 6. You can buy the whole bundle or you can buy just the individual products that you like. And while I’m not going to address the other products here, let me just add kudos to onOne for using the same interface for each product, something you’d think would be automatic with software suites but sadly is not.

Lighting Equipment
Steve Bedell Aug 25, 2011 Published: Jul 01, 2011 0 comments
Photography is all about light and photographers are always looking at ways to modify it. Visit any studio of a working pro and you’re bound to see softboxes, umbrellas, cones, snoots, grids, beauty dishes, parabolic reflectors, etc. Each has their purpose in changing the shape and/or character of the light. Using the same light source, you can modify it from a sharp, harsh, point light source with distinct shadows to a soft, even light source with very little or no shadows. With that in mind I decided to give one of these modifiers a test, the Paul C. Buff PLM v.2.