Lighting Techniques

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Chicago behind the scenes photoshoot
11/24/2018
Exclusive Training Videos , Lighting Technique

Light Years: How my Lighting Gear Evolved Over Time

Over the course of my career I have used White Lightning, Elinchrom, Alien Bees and Profoto lights. I wanted to share with you today...

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Chicago fashion photographer tuxedo male model 60616
08/27/2018
Lighting Technique

Fashion Photography: DIY Light Saver

Adapting the look of LED or Fluorescent tube backgrounds for still photography with a DIY approach using softboxes, a v-flat, a knife and three...

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Using passive and active fill to madimize shadow detail and dynamic range
04/30/2018
Lighting Technique

Fill is not a person, but he is your friend

As photographers we might obsess about this modifier or that one, believe me I have, but often times we fall short when it comes...

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Cucoloris portrait with a fresnel by Chicago Photorgapher John Gress
03/08/2018
Lighting Technique

Making a custom Cucoloris to create dramatic portraits

After being inspired by Sophie Palmer's portrait depicting boredom with a Catholic priest inside the confession booth, below, I decided to try my hand...

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I found window light nirvana with a Elinchrom Rotalux 74-Inches Octabox Light Bank on a Gravity Backdrop
05/29/2017
Gear , Lighting Technique , Studio

Elinchrom vs Profoto: Why I Own 4 Octaboxes

If you were expecting a side-by-side head-to-head comparison of these modifiers, this review is not for you. Over the course of 10 or so...

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Cheetah Stands Ricebowl RB-120 during a color temperature test. The modifier had no effect on the lights color temp.
01/16/2017
Lighting Technique

Should photographers care about modifier color temperatures when shooting portraits?

After buying three new softboxes I had two questions: 1. What are the color temperatures of all of my modifiers? 2. Do Kelvin temperature...

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