Lighting How To

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Joe Farace  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  0 comments

“Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.”—Larry Wilder

Ron Leach  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  0 comments

The photo reflector is an affordable, easy-to-use device that can make a big difference in your images by diffusing harsh light and filling in shadows. In the video below, photographer Aaron Nace demonstrates why he says “every photographer should have at least one reflector in his arsenal.”

Ron Leach  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  0 comments

Many photographers love the look of outdoor portraits shot under natural light. But sometimes either the setting or ambient light levels don’t cooperate and off-camera flash delivers the best results.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Have you ever wished you had a few serious strobes and light modifiers so you could shoot professional looking portraits? If so, save your cash because in the video below you’ll learn how to turn your bathroom into a giant softbox and use window light to work some magic.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Phillippe Echaroux is a French celebrity and advertising photographer who typically uses the best cameras and studio gear available. So what happened when the folks at ISO 1200 challenged him to shoot portraits with an iPhone, a cheap flashlight, and a Big Mac Box for a light modifier? The awesome portraits he shot speak for themselves.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Here’s an interesting challenge in which three photographers shot the same pretty model using off camera flash and came up with varied results reflecting their personal approach to portraiture. Francisco Hernandez of FJH Photography organized the shoot and was joined by fellow photographers Eli Enfante end Jeff Antons.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  0 comments

Many photographers shoot exclusively with available light because they’re intimidated by what they fear are the complexities of using supplemental light sources. And while complicated studio setups can require specialized expertise, shooting with simple speedlights or small studio strobes is actually quite simple.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 02, 2017  |  0 comments

Some photographers shy away from portraiture because they believe this form of photography requires a sophisticated studio with a lot of expensive lighting gear. But in this quick tutorial photographer Mark Wallace demonstrates how to make compelling portraits in a small room with just one light and a mirror.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Doug McKinlay is a successful photojournalist who does a lot of street photography, and in this quick tutorial he describes two great techniques for making your images more interesting.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Many portrait photographers employ a portable light to boost ambient illumination and fill in shadows when shooting outdoors. In the four-minute video below you’ll see how simple diffusion panels can modify the quality of light and give you exactly the look you’re after.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’ve wanted to learn more about studio lighting but have been too intimidated to take the plunge, the below video from Mango Street is a great place to get started.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 13, 2017  |  0 comments

Portrait lighting can be an art form in and of itself. But in the quick tutorial below you’ll learn how to create dramatic portraits using nothing more than two basic off-camera speedlights and some simple adjustments.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting indoor portraits by window light or using available light outdoors, an inexpensive reflector is one of best tools for dramatically improving your results. In the five-minute video below, photographer Mark Cleghorn demonstrates everything you need to know to get the job done.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  0 comments

How often do you use your camera’s histogram while out shooting? If the answer is “never,” you’re ignoring a powerful tool that can help you get perfectly exposed photographs every time.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Yesterday we shared a video demonstrating how to balance window light with flash for better indoor portraits. Today’s tutorial explains how to use off-camera flash for more pleasing results outdoors.

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