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  • Fashion Portraiture with Simple Lighting Presented for Olympus

    Since switching to Olympus cameras, I really have been having a ton of fun shooting without sacrificing features or image quality. The Olympus gear has met and exceeded every one of my expectations and even saved me time in post production. I have also been very fortunate – Olympus has asked me to present on…

  • Your Best Shot is a Mistake!?!

    Sometimes your best shot presents itself as a mistake, and if you are not paying attention you will fix the mistake and wind up with a less creative, less exciting, less interesting photograph. I want to show you an example from a recent shoot where this happened to me and I used a MagMod MagBounce…

  • What is Dynamic Range and Why is everybody so worried about it? Here is what you should really worry about…

    Over the last month or so I have been asked more and more questions about dynamic range, and I am seeing more and more articles and YouTube videos with headlines about this topic. Indeed, it is becoming the big buzz phrase in GEARtographer discussions all over the internet. I’m seeing people debating which cameras are…

  • Success as a photographer – it’s in the details.  It pays to be finicky!

    Last week, fStoppers.com published an article by a very talented Canadian shooter named Ryan Cooper. The article was titled “Why being pickier will make you a better photographer.” The article reminded me of a presentation that I’ve been doing variations of for almost ten years. It’s titled The Art of Seeing: Success in Photography is…

  • Where is the cheapest and best place to buy camera gear?

    Recently a fellow photographer told me, “I would never buy camera gear from Amazon.com. I will only buy from a reputable retailer like B&H Photo.” That got me to thinking about how the process of buying camera gear has changed in the 40+ years I have been involved in photography — some for the good…

  • Your smartphone is the BEST camera you own to dramatically improve your photography. Part 1

    I want to challenge your way of thinking about camera gear and prove to you that your smartphone is the best and possibly most important camera that you own. Now, I bet you are thinking I’ve lost my mind; that I’ve finally crossed over to the dark side, sold my Nikon gear, skipped Sony completely,…

  • 80% of Portrait Photography is Psychology – Techniques for Photographing People

    I have mentioned often that 80% of portrait photography is psychology and 20% of it is photography. I go into the psychology in a lot of other pieces, so I wanted to take a moment to address that 20%. 20% of portrait photography …. Understand that the 20% that is photography is the foundation that…

  • Three light PORTRAIT, HEADSHOT and BEAUTY LIGHTING with NO LIGHTING MODIFIERS

    I want to show you some beauty lighting and a series of headshots done with three lights and a reflector – and NO modifiers on the lights. The modifier was the room that I shot in. In this series of headshots and beauty shots, I was working in my home studio which is only 23…

  • Work The Shot to Dramatically Improve Your Photography

    Before I go any further, let’s make sure that you know not to be that cliché guy with a camera telling your model “work it baby – that’s hot!” If you really want to improve your photography, work the shot. I’ll also share with you at the end what your subject or model really wants…

  • 2 Light Lingerie Glamour Lighting Setup – A Studio Lighting Tutorial with Glamour Lighting

    I’m going to walk you through another one of my keep it simple stupid glamour lighting arrangements that requires only two lights and a medium softbox. I also use the all-purpose box that I showed you in my DIY Home Studio blog article and showed you how to build in one of my TogChats. And,…

  • Halloween Inspired Three Light Beauty Portrait Tutorial – Studio Lighting Tutorial – The Last Frame

    Today I have a Halloween-inspired three light beauty portrait tutorial for you guys, done with mixed light sources and with some cool orange gels for effect. Watch the VIDEO… This is a fun beauty shot that I did for Halloween a few years back. Like many of my shots, the real credit for this one…

  • Beauty Portrait with a Beauty Dish, 4 lights & Red Gels – Studio Lighting Tutorial – The Last Frame

    Today I’m going to show you a beauty shot I did with four lights, some red gels and a beauty dish. I will also show you a few awesome variations that I got by working the shot. Watch the VIDEO… This is a beauty shot that I did with a young model that I had…

  • 4 Light Portrait Lighting Arrangement for Awesome Headshots and Beauty Shots

    Here, I’ll be walking you through a very flattering and easy -to-work-with four light lighting arrangement that is great for portraits, headshots and beauty shots. I have said many, many times in my videos – Keep it simple stupid.  When I am photographing a model or working on a portrait for a client, I need…

  • 10 Tips to find your photographic style. Is it important to have a photography style?

    How do I find my photographic style?  This question has been coming up a lot lately.  Do you know what your style is?  More importantly, does it even matter?  Here, I list 10 steps you need to take to find YOUR photographic style. Watch the VIDEO… More and more, I am finding new and/or young…

  • How to Plan a Portrait or Headshot Shoot

    Today’s assignment: a headshot sitting, a good old-fashioned business headshot. This isn’t going to be one of those crazy beauty shots with all kinds of makeup and stuff blowing around. This is for marketing purposes for a young woman who’s setting up a practice as a therapist. So let’s get started! My subject is a…

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