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  • Photo of Spekular LED Photography Lights / What is CRI / Part 2 of the LED Continuous Lighting LED Series

    Spekular LED Photography Lights / What is CRI / Part 2 of the LED Continuous Lighting LED Series

    Spekular is a new modular LED lighting system that is being referred to as the Swiss army knife of lighting. For the second part of my continuous lighting series, I am going to put Spekular to the test and I am going to do my best to demystify those three letters that keep popping up…

  • Photo of 10 Tips To Make Your Paper Seamless Backgrounds Last Longer

    10 Tips To Make Your Paper Seamless Backgrounds Last Longer

    Seamless paper backgrounds are a staple item for both amateur and professional photographers. They are versatile, reusable and affordable. Yet, I find it surprising how many photographers don’t take care of them and dispose of them much sooner than needed. Here are 10 tips for making your backgrounds last and two awesome DIY projects. One…

  • Photo of RapiDome by Photoflex

    RapiDome by Photoflex

    The RapiDome by Photoflex is a lightweight speedlight modifier which is changing the way I approach portrait lighting both on location and in the studio. I’ll explain why and I’ll even take you behind the scenes as I put it to the test. The folks at Photoflex were kind enough to let me be one…

  • Photo of DigiBee DB800 by Paul C. Buff – The MOST Underrated Flash Unit on the Market for studio lighting

    DigiBee DB800 by Paul C. Buff – The MOST Underrated Flash Unit on the Market for studio lighting

    I honestly think the Digibee – the DigiBee DB800 by Paul C. Buff, to be exact- is the most underrated flash unit on the market today. Here, I’ll be breaking it down for you and giving my feedback on this unit now that I have had a few months to put it through its paces.…

  • Photo of What is a speedlight flash? Strobist Photography Tutorial Series on Off Camera Flash

    What is a speedlight flash? Strobist Photography Tutorial Series on Off Camera Flash

    Speedlights, or speedlites, or speedlight flashes, or hot shoe flashes…. what are they? Why and when should you use them? And how do you use them? Watch the VIDEO… A speedlight, like this LumoPro 180 below, is simply a small battery-powered flash that is designed to work both on and off camera. Speedlights have grown…

  • Photo of LumoPro LP180 Off Camera Flash / Speedlight Review

    LumoPro LP180 Off Camera Flash / Speedlight Review

    I wanted to take a moment and tell you what’s so special about these LumoPro flashes that you may have heard me talking about, starting with this LumoPro LP180. Watch the VIDEO… Full disclosure – LumoPro did send me a bunch of their gear after I reached out to them. I have had it for…

  • Photo of LumoPro LP180R Off-Camera Flash Review – Speedlight Flash Tutorial Series

    LumoPro LP180R Off-Camera Flash Review – Speedlight Flash Tutorial Series

    The LumoPro LP180R, like its predecessor the LP180, is an incredibly well built flash. Unlike the LP180, though, which is a manual-only flash, the LP180R has the Phottix Odin and Strato II Multi receivers built in, plus it has an internal receiver that enables remote power, zoom adjustments, and off-camera Nikon and Canon TTL compatibility…

  • Photo of How to Shoot Tethered Tutorial. Why I am shooting tethered with TetherBLOCK

    How to Shoot Tethered Tutorial. Why I am shooting tethered with TetherBLOCK

    Do you prefer to shoot tethered? Do you even know what it means to shoot tethered? How do you decide if you should shoot tethered? It wasn’t that long ago that shooting tethered was reserved for photographers who had big budgets, assistants and super high end gear. Now pretty much all pro cameras and even…

  • Photo of How to WINDPROOF light stands with a StandDaddy™ A “better than DIY” piece of grip equipment

    How to WINDPROOF light stands with a StandDaddy™ A “better than DIY” piece of grip equipment

    I have found a cool new gadget called StandDaddy that is easy to transport, easy to set up, lets you easily move your stands, and works great as a stabilizer for both light stands and tripods. Have you ever tried shooting outside on a breezy or windy day and had the wind catch your modifier…

  • Photo of BEST software options for shooting tethered

    BEST software options for shooting tethered

    Are you ready to start shooting tethered? Are you looking for the best software to use? Tethering doesn’t have to be difficult. In this video, I am going to break down your options and look at why you might pick one over the other, and I’ll even explain how I create backups of my files…

  • Photo of Light Blaster – Solution for Boring Portrait Backgrounds

    Light Blaster – Solution for Boring Portrait Backgrounds

    Stop! Don’t move! Now click that “like” button, or I’ll blast you with my Light Blaster! I bet you’re wondering ‘What the heck is a Light Blaster?’ The Light Blaster is a strobe-based image projector that will let you to turn a simple backdrop into an exciting new background with color, patterns, textures, or even…

  • Photo of Best lens for portrait photography and headshots

    Best lens for portrait photography and headshots

    So you’re ready to begin shooting portraits or headshots. Now, the question is: what is the best focal length lens to shoot with? This is a question that has multiple answers depending on several factors.  First and MOST important – what is your style of photography and what kind of portrait does your subject want? Are…

  • Photo of Fluorescent Studio Lighting – Follow-up

    Fluorescent Studio Lighting – Follow-up

    I have received an incredible response from the article and video series that I produced about the DIY Fluorescent Studio Lighting Set-up (See original video below). I have also received TONS of questions about the fixtures and how to use them so it is time to write a quick follow-up to pass along some very…

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