Turning Day Into Night – A Comprehensive Photoshop Guide

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Last week my good friend and awesome photographer Yvette Leur asked if I could edit one of her images she shot.  It was a lovely shot of a woman holding a lantern. The intention was that it was a nightly scene, with a lit lantern, the problem was that it was shot during a sunny day, in the shade, with no light in the lantern…hmmm

I accepted the challenge, and was given free reign of the edit.

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DIY 7,500 Lumens 100W LED Flashlight That Only Costs About $10 To Build

Ready for the latest installment of a DIY lighting project? Assuming you have a couple 18V Nickel Cadmium power tool batteries laying around, as I suspect many of you DIYers do, you can build this powerful flashlight on the cheap. Plus, aside from being  inexpensive to build and it’s also surprisingly simple to make.

Take a look at the video to see how it’s done:

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Scientists Capture The First Ever Photo Of Light As A Particle And Wave

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Photo: EPFL

The idea of light consisting of both waves and particles was proposed by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago. While the idea has since been accepted, experiments have only been able to display one of these aspects at a time, but never both simultaneously.

That has changed now that scientists at EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) have finally been able to capture the light’s wave-particle duality, in a scientifically exciting first-ever image.

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Why Light Trumps Location in Photography

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One of my favorite locations for photography sessions is the beach in front of our family cottage.  Its a location that I use quite often for everything from family photos to commercial photography gigs.

The reason that it makes such a great photography location is because (besides being accessible) it has a little of everything: interesting texture, rugged wilderness, water and waves, ice and snow, sunshine, moody rain and fog, unobstructed star fields and everything in between.

But even with a great location, light trumps location in photography every time – and sometimes you have to break the rules!

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Light & Shadow: This Profound Short Film Expounds On A Photographers Best And Worst Friend

Light& wisdomThis is a must see short film for photographers and cinematographers, alike. Aptly titled, Light & Shadow, the Zacuto produced film is a solid 14-minute long soundbite (20 minute total play time including the end credits). Light & Shadow explores various aspects and opinions of some of the industries greatest minds. The clip starts out by discussing the namesake of the film, light and shadow, and what those two things mean to a photographer. The collective wisdom of the photographers and filmmakers involved in the project continues to unfold as they begin sharing invaluable advice on how to make it in the business and make work you’re proud to have your name on.

“If you think for one moment that Hollywood gives a damn about what camera you used on a job, they don’t even know and I bet you couldn’t find three people who would even ask, so nobody should be worried about what camera they’re using.”

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How To Shoot A Watch Using One Light And All The DIY Gear In The World

I’ve never been a fan of watches, normally I just use my cellphone if I need to check the time. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is a fan of G-Shocks so I went ahead and bought my first watch last January, and bought another watch – a G Shock – just recently. As I always practice my photography with everyday items I thought about using my new watch as my subject.

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I’m going to share you how I shot this using one main light and all the DIY equipment in the world.

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The Inverse Square Law of Light, Explained in the Simplest Way Possible

Let’s face it; we’re not scientists and the name of this law could frighten many of us. The reality is that this is a very basic concept with a very technical name: the inverse square law of light.

When it comes to lighting subjects, whether you’re a wedding photographer of a feature film cinematographer, the possibilities given to you are endless. Sometimes you don’t know how you want to photograph something just because you might not know whether you’re doing it in the best way possible. With so many different ways to light something, it’s pretty easy to start doubting yourself, and it happens to us all the time.

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It’s The Light, Stupid

Some of you may be old enough to remember the 1992 US presidential election between Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr.

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One of the key mantras for the Clinton campaign was the phrase “The Economy, Stupid”, which was meant to remind the campaign team that the economy was the crux of the whole election.

So, what does the election of Bill Clinton twenty one years ago to be the President of the United States have to do with photography?

Nothing – it’s just an interesting back story.

But, now that you’re paying attention, I’m going to apply some political spin, and the famous “It’s The Economy, Stupid” phrase to photography:

It’s The Light, Stupid.

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