Steve Bedell
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Lenses
Steve Bedell Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

I 've been shooting most of my portrait work with a 28-75mm zoom, but always felt I could use something longer. And I'm about at the point where fixed focal length lenses just won't do; once you get used to the flexibility of a zoom, you're spoiled. I also like a fast lens with a relatively wide maximum aperture, as I like to get way out-of-focus...

Lenses
Steve Bedell Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

While searching for a new portrait lens I saw Sigma's APO MACRO 150mm f/2.8 on their website. But wait, you say, this is a macro lens, not a portrait lens! Here's my thinking: Any portrait photographer out there worth his light meter will gladly extol the virtues of a long, fast lens for portraiture. The reasons are simple--limited angle of view to get rid of...

Digital Darkroom
Steve Bedell May 01, 2007 0 comments

Retouching a portrait using film used to be a pretty simple task. Send the negative to your lab, check the “retouch” box, pay $5 or so, and the job was done.

Steve Bedell Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

I'm not really fussy about my lights. By that, I mean I'm not enamored by a specific brand and I don't need them to measure light in hundredths of a stop. I also don't need them to cycle in half a second. If I were a fashion or commercial photographer, things might be different, but as a portrait guy, my needs are pretty simple.

Pro Techniques
Steve Bedell Apr 01, 2011 1 comments

In today’s world, stock photos often sell for pennies, yet there are still photographers out there making a good living selling work for a good price. By talking with stock shooter Bill Bachmann, I found out that I, and most of my portrait/wedding brethren, have been missing the boat big time by not using our client images for stock images. According to Bachmann, we’re sitting on a gold mine and...

Features
Steve Bedell Jan 01, 1999 0 comments

There's another section in this issue of Shutterbug where many of the writers are asked to predict the future of photography. I've got to admit that I try my best but I'm not very good at it.

Take medium format. If you...

Lighting Equipment
Steve Bedell Apr 02, 2013 Published: Mar 01, 2013 0 comments
I am a dyed-in-the-wool natural light shooter. Outdoor portraits are my specialty and 95 percent of my outdoor portraits are taken with nothing but daylight. Yet, unlike other photographers I know, I actually prefer shooting on sunny days, and my studio schedules all day, so there is no waiting for the “golden hour” to get soft, directional light.
Portraiture
Steve Bedell Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

You might think in the digital age that anyone out there hawking traditional portraiture would be a dinosaur, pleading for people to have their portraits done. After all, it's now possible to put people on the moon without them setting foot out of the studio. You would be wrong.

There are portrait photographers out there who command high fees who have clients...

Portraiture
Steve Bedell Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

A few short years ago, many writers and photographers, myself included, were of the opinion that in a few short years film would be history, with the exception of a few "niche" areas of photography, like, say, infrared. Now that I've been...

Lighting Equipment
Steve Bedell Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

Monolights are a handy and portable way to work and I am always interested in testing out new models. When I tested these new lights from Adorama I received an added bonus, some of their new Belle Drape Muslin backgrounds. This was going to be fun--it was like getting a new studio setup in one box. When I opened the box I found two of the Flashpoint II 2420 monolights, a...