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R5 follow-up review
02/06/2021
Gear

Canon EOS R5 Six Months Later – Follow-up and Updated Review

After owning the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera for six months, I wanted to update you on my experience with the camera as a...

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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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Parabolic softboxes
01/16/2021
Gear

Do parabolic soft boxes make a difference? Do they create narrower, more focused soft light?

For the last few years, often times, I have used a parabolic style soft box as a main light. Last year I mentioned in...

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depth-of-field in the portrait photography studio
01/09/2021
Exclusive Training Videos , Fundamentals

How Depth-of-field affects sharpness in the studio

Today we’re going to talk about depth-of-field, not scientifically speaking, but practically speaking.

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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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Favorite things 2020 holiday gift guide
12/19/2020
Gear

My 2020 holiday photography gift guide

I wanted to share with you guys my top 10 favorite pieces of cool gear that I added to my kit in 2020!

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Canon 85mm shootout
12/13/2020
Gear

Sharpest 85mm lens for Canon R5 RF 85mm f2 Macro v RF 1.2 L USM v EF Sigma Art 1.4 EOS Review

After watching several YouTube Reviews where people only shot these lenses at f2, I decided to make a review where we test everything from...

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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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