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The difference between high key and low key lighting

 
 

Portrait photographer Daniel Norton has shared a helpful little video through Adorama’s YouTube channel. In it, he breaks down high key and low key lighting, two common lighting styles that make for dramatically different results.

Coming in at just shy of three minutes, the video breaks down a few common misconceptions...

Manfrotto launches Lumie, consumer-level series of continuous LED lights

 
 

Italian camera accessory manufacturer has released Lumie, a new series of consumer-level LED lights. Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, each of the lights offer continuous, flicker-free lighting for over an hour.

The three units are called Lumie Art, Lumie Play and Lumie Muse, which put out 220lux, 440lux...

Founder and namesake of Paul C. Buff lighting gear passes away at 78

 
 

Yesterday, the Paul C. Buff photography company shared with the world a tragic piece of news. Paul C. Buff, the namesake and founder of the company has passed away at the age of 78.

Known most for its contribution to the photography world through AlienBees strobes, Einstein strobes and Vagabond battery packs, Buff’s...

Breaking down the basics of shooting against a white seamless

 
 

A white seamless background is one of the most versatile options when it comes to photographing a subject, be it a still-life or portrait. To pay homage to the simple and resourceful tool, Zack Arias has shared the first video of a two-part series that walks through the basic workflow of using a white seamless.

Arias...

How to control reflections when your subject is wearing glasses

 
 

A challenge you will inevitably come across in your photography career is figuring out how to capture a portrait of a subject who is wearing glasses. Whether the spectacles are needed for vision or are being used as a prop, the addition of glasses makes it difficult to light a scene without reflecting the light source in...

Back to basics: understanding the fundamental techniques of portrait lighting

 
 

As enticing as it may be to dive head-first into portraiture, it’s important to know the basics of lighting a subject. Without these basics it's difficult to build a fundamental understanding of lighting for your own style to develop off of.

As part of their ‘Back to Basics’ video series, Brian Wilson of 500px shares...

Tips for ‘choosing the right light’ and getting the perfect exposure every time

 
 

Travel photographer Brendan van Son has been around the world and back a handful of times in his career. Along the way, he has gathered an incredible collection of photography knowledge. Today, he shares with us a few pointers for choosing the right type of light when taking photographs – particularly architecture...

How to light an incredible portrait with a $50 DIY lighting kit

 
 

Impressive doesn’t need to be synonymous with expensive. To prove this point is Aaron Nace of Phlearn. In the 7-minute video, Nace explains how you can create a stunning portrait using a DIY light kit that costs less than $50 to make.

In addition to showing you how to make the DIY continuous light kit, Nace also dives...

Westcott Flex, the LED light mat of many shapes

 

Westcott has officially released its latest lighting solution. It’s called Flex and as its name alludes, it’s a bendable piece of white material covered with LEDs.

The premise behind this ten-square-inch device is that it offers more versatility by ‘bending’ light around your subject, exactly as you deem fit. It weighs only five...

Nick’s Photography Tips: How to photograph Christmas

 
 

After wedding photographs and baby portraits Christmas morning photographs may rank in third place as some of the most important—and stressful photos—family photographers will ever shoot. Almost everyone wisely eliminates the stress factor at a wedding by hiring a photographer and just about every parent can produce some...

Westcott’s Omega Reflector offers 10-in-1 design with a removable panel for shooting through

 
 

 

Wescott has unveiled its 10-in–1 Omega Reflector, a piece of lighting gear with a little trick up its sleeve. Designed with a removable panel in the middle, the Omega Reflector can act as a ring-light of sorts, letting you shoot straight through it, rather than around the perimeter.

The 10-in–1 offering is based...

MIT’s rim-lighting robot drone lets you focus on shooting, adjusts your lighting setup for you

 
 

Ever wished your studio lights could adjust themselves, freeing you up to focus on your subject? Well, if the folks at MIT have their way, it could just happen. In a video released last Friday, they've demonstrated a prototype system for providing rim-lighting using a quadcopter, and the drone can move itself to track...

See the striking impact that lighting, make-up and post-processing have on a model’s looks in this video

It's not a secret that the fashion industry uses massive amounts of retouching on their models to make them look "better." And it's also a fact that Photoshop is one of the most important tools for many portrait photographers. But how large is the impact of retouching on a model's looks in reality?

That's what photographer Karl Taylor set out to...

Patently obvious: Stephen Colbert ridicules Amazon patent for using photography gear as designed

 
 

Last week, we told you about a patent from online shopping behemoth Amazon.com, which has photographers up in arms -- and understandably so.

What Amazon has patented is, essentially, the idea of using photography gear just as it was designed to be used. Sure, a very specific camera and gear setup is described, but it's...

Amazon lighting patent raises concerns

 
 

The recent issue of an unusual U.S. patent on "Studio Arrangement" and a "method of capturing images and/or video" to Amazon Technologies, Inc. continues to raise eyebrows in the international photography community. Studio photographers will recognize that the Patent describes a historically well-known and well-used...

Make magazine-quality product photos with a cheap lighting setup

 
 

Fact: A camera can’t make a product look amazing. Even an amazing lens can't make a perfume bottle look worthy of a magazine ad. Lighting, though—that can make a huge difference, and doesn't need to cost very much, either.

This 8-minute tutorial from the Nikonian Academy in Malaysia shows off the tricks of the trade...

Big tent, big lights behind the scenes of a shoot with trapeze artists

 
Photo: Tim Tadder

Under the big-top, lights are low and the aerial stunts are fast. So when commercial photographer Tim Tadder shot an advertisement featuring trapeze artists, he brought along 15 lights, and rigged them up 42 feet in the air.

Tadder’s team made a behind-the-scenes video of that shoot, offering a glimpse...

Photo artist Joel Grimes talks style, influence with SmugMug films

 
 

SmugMug, the Wall Street Journal’s second-favorite photo storage and portfolio service, just released their latest installment in their video profile series, taking a look at the processes, inspirations, and philosophies that working photographers use today.

Their latest subject is Joel Grimes, a commercial...

Flash-photography guru Joe McNally shares lighting tips in Nikon video series

 
 

We’re in an era where cameras can almost see in the dark, and as a result, the art of adding light to a scene is under-appreciated. But when the student is ready to turn down that ISO dial, the teacher will appear.

Nikon just posted the second in a series of lighting tutorials with brand ambassador and...

Jezebel explores lingering weakness in photography: making dark skin look good

Gawker blog Jezebel takes a broad look at a lingering problem in photography and videography: Cameras often struggle to make dark skin look its best.

In the post, the author argues that the photo and film industry has traditionally treated pale skin as the “default,” so to speak—color cards from the 1940s and 1950s used a solitary, white female as the reference for balancing...