Archive for the ‘Lighting’ Category

One Light Promo Shot

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 0
one light

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I had to make a quick promo shot in which I was one of the subjects, and also shoot simultaneously! Oh, and it had to be done right quick. See the video below for more:

I used one light at first, but then added a second light as rim to separate us from the very dark, as black, background. In order to actually be in the shot and also actually TAKE the shot, I used the Yongnuo 603 radio trigger system for Canon, which comes with a short cable that allowed me to trigger the shutter wirelessly. Pretty nifty!


Lighting a Large Family with One Speedlight

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 0

Talk About Pressure!

This post is aimed at those of us who are tasked with getting a family photo in crappy light, while being asked to “hurry up we want to eat”, while trying to get a large group to semi-cooperate! In this scenario I had my camera, a Fuji X100S, and one speedlight triggered via wireless transmitter…..and the most important factor…..a white ceiling. It was the ceiling that allowed me to pull this off.


Using Flash To Get Stop Action

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 0

Stopping Birds

I made this video to demonstrate the stopping power of speedlights. I used 3 speedlights so I wouldn’t need to use any one at full power. The flash duration is slowest at full power. I used speedlights by 3 different companies; Canon, LumoPro, and Yongnuo. There fall-off times varied slightly, but at 1/4 power on each, the duration for all 3 was slightly faster than 1/2000th. That’s fast enough to stop most movement, but the tiny birds visiting my bird feeder were unbelievably quick. I can’t say I got super-sharp freeze-frame, but I did get pretty darn close. Watch the video to see how I did it.


Shooting An Object Agianst a Pure White Background

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 1

Several people have asked me how to get a pure white background when shooting a product, say, for Etsy, or eBay, or any scenario where the product needs to be displayed against a pure white background. Right off the bat, there are MANY ways to do that, and to a large degree it depends on what gear you have at your disposal. I used 2 studio strobes in the movie below, but I’m pretty sure you can pull this off with a couple of speedlights as well.


Layers and Layers Masks in Photoshop

Posted on: February 5th, 2013 0

3 of Me

I created this image in Photoshop Elements for a class I teach:

Layers and Layer Masks in Photoshop

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The thing is, this technique is really easy to do. I didn’t make it up, it’s widely known and used by many Photoshop users, both pro and amateur. It’s just fun to both shoot and then assemble in Photoshop (or Elements 9 and above). (more…)