When you think about accessories used around the studio, apple boxes usually aren’t the first item that come to mind. But, they have their place and as simple as they might seem in concept, the reality is there are many ways to use them and various terms associated with each method.
As well as a wealth of technical, creative, and workflow ideas, it demonstrates the value of forming good relationships and even friendships with your clients.
If you’re wondering why Canon was fairly silent this year at CES, it may very well be because they were working on creating ‘The Lab,’ a series of creative experiments that Canon claims is ‘designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.’
Already, three videos from the series have been shared, including one where all photographers had to shoot the exact same subject and another where six photographers were asked to shoot a portrait of an individual wherein each photographer received a different backstory. Now, Canon is onto the fourth video, simply titled Blank. [Read more…]
If you get stressed when you walk into the studio, or especially if you are taking your first studio steps, here is an inspiring message from David Turner, a Hallmark Institute of Photography’s resident. David says that those photos that seem so perfect and magical are not created as whole. They are an outcome of many, many small conscious decisions. Decisions like background, posing, lighting, tone and plenty of others. You just have to take the time to make each decision right. The time and the focus.
This of course does not mean that learning or getting inspiration is wrong, on the contrary. Those are the things that will help you make the right decisions.
When I was getting started with photography, I knew that I had to learn how to light a subject indoors, but I couldn’t afford studio strobes – or even a hot shoe flash.
I ended up learning how to use artificial light by re-purposing a set of three 500 watt halogen work lights. They turned a room into a sauna, constantly blew fuses and occasionally melted down my DIY light mods, but they taught me how to visualize light.
So when I was putting together my second studio lighting class at Skillshare, I though that it would be fun to return to my roots and photograph a classic three light studio portrait using hardware store LED light bulbs.
In this article I will show you how its done.
Portrait photography is a lie. At best you could call it partial truth.
It’s all about showing what we want to show in a person and hiding what we don’t.
So do I think this is a bad thing? Not at all, which is why I’m sharing with you Peter Hurley’s latest tutorial video on how to get your female models looking slimmer and the men jacked.
Not only will you get better looking portraits, but if you take this advise literally you will also have a giant sandwich to eat after the shoot.
If you’ve ever compared inkjet prints to more traditional analogue prints, you’ll know there’s a different feel and aesthetic between the two. Specifically, traditional analogue prints tend to possess a certain type of quality that’s driven by the usually-thicker stock and the way in which the pigments are embedded in the fibers of the paper.
To bring that feel and aesthetic of analogue prints to the digital world, Ilford Imaging has announced Ilford Studio, a new lineup of inkjet paper said to be the ‘digital equivalent’ of traditional analogue paper stock. [Read more…]
As we know, shooting in harsh sunlight at midday is a portrait photographers nightmare! But, it can produce a very striking and edgy look thats fantastic. However this particular author lives and works in Northern Ireland – now, most will agree, this is a beautifully scenic part of the world unfortunately though we are not blessed with a lot of sunlight. In fact this year its hard to remember a day when its wasn’t raining!
Hence my project to create a wonderfully hard Mediterranean sunlight effect in the studio! In fact this is a fairly easy task and using the correct modifier can produce excellent results. For my first test I wanted to create a textured wall effect rather than use a seamless paper roll. I purchased a 4′ X 8′ sheet of plasterboard (Drywall) and produced a textured effect by liberally applying Spackling Paste to the board.
My first ever off-camera flash was a Nikon sb-24 speedlight (1988), which I got. After a while I bought my first ever Nikon speedlight an sb-600 (it was around $250 back then). I was very happy with it until I wanted to get a studio strobe. There weren’t many choices to pick from here in the Philippines; it’s either you get one that cost around $300 per strobe or you can buy a “kit” with 3 off brand studio lights, light stands and softboxes for around $220. I got the latter.
(As a reference, a 400WS Broncolor Siros 400 which is one fine branded strobe – yet one of the cheaper branded strobes – will set you back $1000. A Cowboystudio 400WS strobe will only cost $150. A Square Perfect 400W/S strobe will only set you back a $100 or so. Those 3 are obviously not comparable strobe)
CHEAP doesn’t always mean bad, I have used these lights for more than 6 years now, and I want to share with you the pros and cons of using cheap off brand lights.