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The right lighting can drastically improve the quality of your digital photography. From studio photography lighting tips to equipment advice, we cover it all here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special Lighting Guide: Lights!

From strobes to continuous sources, we sort out the pros and cons and best uses of the different classes of professional lighting equipment

Special Lighting Guide: Lights!In a still photography world, strobes were the gold standard of professional lighting gear.   Read More...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Battery Powered Monolights

With a combination of portability, power, versatility and the ability to be used away from an AC outlet, battery-powered monolights are gaining an increasing following among professional photographers

Battery Powered MonolightsMonolights are self-contained pro flash units that plug into standard AC wall sockets, no separate power pack needed.  Read More...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Portrait Lighting Essentials

Rembrandt, Split, Glamour and Loop lighting for the core of any portrait photographer’s tool kit

Portrait Lighting EssentialsThe art of portrait lighting is the art of bringing out the essence of an individual.  Read More...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tools Focusing Light

Create precisely shaped shafts of light with these essential modifiers fitted to your source

Tools  Focusing LightWith almost all types of studio lighting, precision is paramount.   Read More...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Master Soft Light

Little differences between light modifiers make for big changes in the look of a light

Master Soft LightAny discussion of soft lighting tools begins with two classic modifiers: the softbox and the umbrella.  Read More...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hi-Tech Studio: Monolights

As ideal lighting for studio or location photographers, monolights give you a great combination of power, control and portability

Hi-Tech Studio: MonolightsToday's pros use two main types of light in the studio: electronic flash and continuous "hot" lights.  Read More...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Small Lights Big Effects

Get the most out of small strobes for big lighting effects when you need to work fast on location and don’t want to sacrifice an ounce of lighting control and quality

Small Lights Big EffectsI've had my share of 90-second portrait sessions with important people who are short on time, and the ability to set up refined three-point lighting in no time flat can be the difference between getting the shot and going home with nothing.   Read More...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hi-Tech Studio: Continuous Lighting For Motion And Stills

LED technology makes a play for the spotlight

Hi-Tech Studio: Continuous Lighting For Motion And StillsLight-emitting diodes (LEDs) are incredibly compact bulbs that consume very little power while throwing off absolutely minimal heat.  Read More...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Simplify Your Lighting

Less is often more when it comes to crafting beautiful illumination

Simplify Your LightingI recently received a call from a commercial photographer who was to visit my city on assignment.  Read More...


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