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Accessories
Jay Abend Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

10 Must-Have Studio Accessories

Over the years I've often written about shooting in the studio. Whether it's a huge commercial studio with a 30 foot wide cyclorama wall or the basement of your home, having an organized space with some decent lighting equipment is a tremendous...

Outdoor/Travel
Jay Abend Apr 01, 1999 1 comments

Over the past several months I've shared with you some of my experiences with getting my studio and location gear together. With new technology rapidly changing the way pro photographers make their living, it really has become a chore to keep up on...

Digital Darkroom
Jay Abend Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

Even if you have vowed to never get involved in the digital imaging revolution, you've got to admit that you probably are amazed at some of the seamless things that can be done with photo editing programs like Adobe Photoshop.

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Jay Abend Jan 01, 2002 0 comments

Could you grow to love the yellow and black bumblebees on the "AlienBees" logotype? You better--it's plastered on everything. Each monolight has three bumblebees and two different logos. The bees are everywhere--stitched onto the...

Lighting
Jay Abend Nov 01, 1999 0 comments

Photography is all about capturing the effects of light on people, places, and things. Pro photographers are usually entrusted by their clients to find the beautiful light and capture it, or create that light where needed. For photographers like me...

Digital Darkroom
Jay Abend Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

How important are your negatives and transparencies? Do you have them neatly arranged in archival pages, or strewn all over your living room floor? Even if you're not a terribly organized person you realize the importance of the processed film...

Features
Jay Abend Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

Here is a very easy and effective way to dial in accurate color on every outing. To do so you will need some basic tools. First of all, you'll need a camera that allows you to set White Balance manually. No, you don't need a "Set WB" control...

Jay Abend Oct 01, 2004 0 comments

Photos © 2004 Jay Abend, All Rights Reserved

When it comes to heavy-duty pro lighting gear, Balcar has long been a name synonymous with high-end studio strobes. This French company has been at the forefront of a number of trends in photography. Started in 1952, Balcar...

Lighting
Jay Abend Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Flare is one of those nagging photography issues that you always think you have control over, till it bites you on an important shoot. Flare, more properly referred to as veiling glare, is the haze that covers all or part of your image when extraneous...

Portraiture, Pro Techniques
Jay Abend Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

The word "portrait" has had a fairly strict definition for ages. From the days of Rembrandt and Carravagio through modern photographic masters like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, the portrait has remained a constant. While techniques...