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Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  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...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Feb 01, 2003  |  0 comments

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Recently, my wife and I undertook a long day hike through an old growth forest trail in Oregon, where we came across...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Mar 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Lesson Of The Month

Have you ever come across a portrait or architectural shot that looks as though the lighting was completely natural, only to find out later that it was artificially lit? It's a sign of a good photographer...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Nov 21, 2003  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2003  |  0 comments

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There are many factors that go into creating a good indoor portrait, lighting being one of the most important. For those who shoot black...

Gene Kester  |  Oct 01, 2001  |  0 comments

food is often more difficult than it looks. Making something appear fresh,
cold, or hot can be an arduous task, particularly when you are simultaneously
tending to your camera and lighting. If your budget allows,hir...

Ben Clay  |  Aug 01, 2001  |  0 comments

A local guitar
collector wanted to put his guitars up for auction but felt that his photographs
didn't do justice to the high quality of craftsmanship and beautiful
details of his instruments as shown in original image. Wes...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Jul 01, 2003  |  0 comments

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The panoramic shot above is of a lighthouse at Fort Williams State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Henry Longfellow used to walk out here from Portland for inspiration with his poetry and needless to say, it is...

Ben Clay  |  Jul 01, 2000  |  0 comments

The following step by step procedures and instructions are intended to assist you in obtaining the best possible film scans based on one basic principle: Every film image is unique. Therefore, the specific parameters of adjustment for...

Web Photo School  |  Nov 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Creating portraits outdoors can present a number of challenges, particularly on clear, sunny days. Because direct sunlight is one of the most "high contrast" light sources there is, it is often too harsh for natural-looking...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Dec 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Lesson Of The Month

If you are just starting out with a digital camera or are making the switch from traditional to digital, you will do well to take some extra time to learn a few important principles of digital photography...

Ben Clay  |  Aug 01, 2000  |  0 comments

Photographing jewelry can be particularly challenging for a number of

1. Since most jewelry is highly reflective, the size and placement of
light modifiers is crucial.

2. To appreciate theatte...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Feb 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Taking professional-looking pictures for posters, catalogs, or web sites can be broken down to a few key elements: lighting equipment and technique, camera quality, subject matter, and an adventurous spirit. As with everything...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  May 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Most people assume that professional portraiture requires expensive camera strobes for good results. Strobes can work beautifully with portraits, particularly when used with softboxes, but they are not necessary in many situations. Armed with equipment to...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Sep 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Recently, I was at a local dance studio taking a headshot for one of their dancers, Crystal. While headshots can be fairly straightforward, it is always good to keep different lighting approaches in mind. Here, I ran through some fairly fundamental...

Ben Clay/Web Photo School  |  Aug 01, 2003  |  0 comments

Lesson Of The Month

When it comes to photographing jewelry, there are different approaches to consider with regards to how each particular piece will come across. If you are deadline driven and have many pieces to photograph, you...