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photo critique with gary hughes
03/27/2021
Lighting Technique , Posing

Photo Critique with Gary Hughes

After doing a critique for Gary's YouTube channel a few weeks ago, we decided to record one for mine, which I will post publicly...

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begiiners lighting tutorial with flash
03/24/2021
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique

Transitioning from window light to flash – a beginners guide to portrait lighting

This video will help you learn essential techniques with basic equipment to create and control artificial light, so that you don’t have to worry...

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Modifier test
02/27/2021
Gear , Lighting Technique , The Academy

Soft boxes, parabolic modifiers and umbrella shootout! Which modifier for perfect portrait lighting?

Over the last 20 or so years, I have acquired about 20 different softboxes, but I have never actually sat down and tested them...

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Are grids worth the money
02/13/2021
Lighting Technique

Are grids worth the money? When and why should you use them in the the studio and on location?

Watch as I unbox my new Billingham 445 (https://amzn.to/32igLwq) camera bag and move out of my old Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 2.0 (https://amzn.to/2QrsweN)...

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Hairlight 101
01/30/2021
Lighting Technique

Hair Light 101. Everything you need to know about hairlights.

Part of making a refined image in the studio is lighting your subject to preserve details in their hair or operate them from the...

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Justin Leonard Lighting tutoial
01/23/2021
Lighting Technique

Behind-the-scenes and lighting tutorial – four looks from my photoshoot with Justin

In today’s lighting tutorial, I’m going to breakdown four looks that I created with our model Justin.

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4 amazing one-light set-ups in only 10 minutes!
01/02/2021
Lighting Technique

4 amazing one-light set-ups in only 10 minutes!

What’s my motivation? is a refrain that we often hear from actors, but that phrase can mean a lot to photographers, too. Especially when...

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mola beauty dishes
12/26/2020
Gear , Lighting Technique

Which Mola for your moolah? Comparing three different beauty dishes during a portrait photoshoot

Three years ago I bought a Mola Setti and Rayo 15" beauty dishes, because I wanted to upgrade from my Profoto Silver Softlight. While...

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top 10 lighting mistakes
12/06/2020
Lighting Technique

The 10 portrait lighting mistakes that every new photographer makes

Whether your new to lighting or you have been doing it for over 20 years, everybody started off in the same place and everybody...

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don't use LED lights for photography
11/29/2020
Lighting Technique

Why you shouldn’t use continuous LED lights for portrait photography

I actually think the AF in this camera works quite well. And I have owned a 1, 1n, 1VHS, 1D, 1D II, 1D III,...

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What the hell is a kicker? What's a key light? The names photographers use for studio lights.
11/23/2020
Lighting Technique

What the hell is a kicker? What’s a key light? The names photographers use for studio lights.

Everyone has a name for every position where they place a flash on location and in the studio. But not everyone agrees on...

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BW lighting tutorial
10/19/2020
Lighting Technique

B&W Lighting Tutorial – Use multiple lights to create maximum contrast so your portraits stand out!

After upgrading to the Canon EOS R5 I ran into problems in Lightroom Classic so I decided to try Capture One. So far I...

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