We made our own 11,200 lumen LED lighting solution that’s lightweight and durable. Check out the how-to video.
We’re always looking for ways to save time and money in the studio, so we set out to see if we could create a low-budget but powerful lighting solution for photography and videography.
After wandering the aisles of the local hardware store, we found materials that allowed us to create our very own studio lighting hack—an 11,200 lumen light that...
Why color management is so important, and why you probably aren’t doing it right
By David Schloss
I was standing in the kitchen the other day with my mother and my 6-year-old son, and found myself—as I do so often—providing computer tech support for my mother. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but my septuagenarian mother was having trouble with a computer concept, and I was getting frustrated trying to explain it...
Apple’s new standard for displaying colors will change photography—again
By David Schloss
The representation and display of color is at the heart of everything a photographer does, yet the devices we use to capture and view that color are inherently flawed. Monitors have a limited range of what they can display and they operate on a different system of color reproduction entirely from photo printers and offset presses.
There have been several...
Blending modern LED lights with strobes for unique lighting options
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
This image uses two LED lights and one strobe. An 18” circular flapjack is the main light on the left, with a ring flash as an accent light on right. An Elinchrom ELB 400 strobe using a 30-degree grid lights the blue background.
I love my strobes. Watching them pop away during a shoot energizes the set and amplifies my creativity. My obsession with...
Photographer Vincent LaForet edits at his studio workstation, where he stores his files on RAID drives.
Whether you’re relatively new or experienced in the world of digital photography, ever-increasing file sizes and ever-speedier camera frame rates continue to make larger and larger demands on your digital storage and backup solutions. While storage...
Stephen Wilkes talks about his approach to storytelling through photography and how the print is the culmination of his creative process
Stephen Wilkes’s Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom—documenting an abandoned hospital on the island—offers a compelling look into America’s past, drawing viewers in with powerful, stirring images.
“When people look at my Ellis work, they always say there’s an intimacy in the work, and that is because of the depth of the work, and you don’t...
LED lighting matures, giving a whole new set of possibilities
It’s odd to think that today’s LED lights—bright, low-power and lightweight—are related to the LED lights of the late 1960s and 1970s. Anyone of a certain age who suffered from insomnia or rolled into bed after a night of partying is familiar with the persistent, obnoxious glow of a bedside alarm clock. Who knew that the technology used to...
The photographer’s secret weapon in the era of film is seeing a resurgence today.
[Updated August 25th, 2016]
Medium format cameras once were the chosen tool of every studio photographer. At a certain point in a photographer’s studio career, they would graduate to medium format work, and their 35mm gear would be relegated to on-location shoots, scouting and travel work.
The digital photography era took some of the shine off of...
Battery powered lights have really come into their own. Here’s a rundown of great location lights that work even when you’re far afield.
By William Sawalich
Want to bring studio lighting control into the great outdoors? You can, with a wide array of battery-powered location lighting tools. From small flashes to high-power strobes and LEDs, there’s a wealth of great options for bringing studio-style lighting to the most remote locations.
When you think about going on location with strobes, the...
Get away from paper. Try printing images on wood, acrylic and metal for new ways to present your photography.
In the digital age sometimes we forget how wonderful it is to actually see a great photograph printed out. That feeling of seeing an image you took grace a wall is exciting and validating.
Ordering or making prints of your images is a relatively simple process. It’s an age-old process.
What’s new, though, is the types of materials that are now...
Amy Toensing on connecting with people and cultures through her photography, and the personal value of printmaking
By The Editors
Inspired by traditional darkroom processes to pursue photography as a profession, Amy Toensing talks about her approach to connecting with subjects. “I’m constantly trying to understand our world,” Toensing explains, “and I do that through culture and people. The thing I love most about my work is that it gives me an excuse to be nosy and...
USB-C is about to change the way you connect all of your devices, but are you ready?
By Melissa Perensen
Last month we looked at how changes to storage cards are going to speed up digital camera performance dramatically—if anyone will actually buy the cards. This month, we look at USB-C, the new standard debuted by Apple on its MacBook portable computer.
USB-C is sort of a panacea for connectivity, combining standards such as USB 3, Thunderbolt and monitor...