Understanding Lighting Ratios

Here's a pretty great post from Darlene Hildebrandt over at the DPS blog. It's all about explaining lighting ratios in simple terms, making them easy to understand and even easier to put into practice. Another way to think about lighting ratios is how the fill light affects the overall feel of a picture—especially in portraits. The relative strength of the fill light—its ratio compared to the key light—tremendously affects the mood of a picture. Too much fill and an image is boring, too little and it can actually be too dramatic. Find the right spot, where the fill light's just right, and you'll create the perfectly appropriate mood for your picture. With an understanding of lighting ratios, you can.

http://digital-photography-school.com/lighting-ratios-to-make-or-break-your-portrait
DPMag
Here's a pretty great post from Darlene Hildebrandt over at the DPS blog. It's all about explaining lighting ratios in simple terms, making them easy to understand and even easier to put into practice. Another way to think about lighting ratios is how the fill light affects the overall feel…

Behind The Scenes At A Fast Food Photo Shoot

It's always neat to see what goes into professional styling of a photo shoot. Make it a food photograph and my interest is even more piqued. Make that a fast food photo shoot—where there seems to be a pretty big disconnect between the photos used in advertising, and the real thing—and the whole thing becomes downright fascinating. In this case, it's even more surprising that the goliath of fast food itself, McDonald's, released a behind the scenes video showing the styling of a burger shoot—including the very revealing "before" shot in addition to the beautifully stylized "after." Next time you wonder why your burger doesn't look like the picture, keep in mind that the chef probably had about 20 seconds to make your meal, instead of the hours that go into the photo shoot. 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/why-photos-mcdonald-burgers-look-much-better-real-173911342.html
DPMag
It's always neat to see what goes into professional styling of a photo shoot. Make it a food photograph and my interest is even more piqued. Make that a fast food photo shoot—where there seems to be a pretty big disconnect between the photos used in advertising, and the real…

Behind The Scenes With Your Camera Sensor

Regular readers know how much I like a good behind-the-scenes video, whether that's behind the scenes of a photo shoot or behind the scenes in the manufacture of some product we all know and love. Well today's video fits closely with the latter category, as it's behind the scenes of the inner workings of a digital camera, and how the CCD sensor works. Sure, it's not exactly the same as a CMOS, but no matter what kind of digital camera you use an understanding of how light is turned into electrical signals, and how those signals are turned into pretty pictures, is not only very interesting but is a great way to help you understand what you can do to take better pictures.

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-ccd-sensors-work#close
DPMag
Regular readers know how much I like a good behind-the-scenes video, whether that's behind the scenes of a photo shoot or behind the scenes in the manufacture of some product we all know and love. Well today's video fits closely with the latter category, as it's behind the scenes of…

Waterfall Photography Advice

A great poet once said, "Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to." Well I don't think that poet knew what she was talking about, because waterfalls make for supremely interesting, beautiful photographic subjects. But only if you know how to make the most of them. With this tutorial by Eric Leslie at DPS, you get four solid tips for making gorgeous waterfall photos. Best of all, shooting waterfalls, no matter how small and insignificant they may be, is a great way to turn an otherwise ho-hum landscape into a photographic triumph. Before you head out on your next nature walk, prepare yourself with these tips by photographer Eric Leslie so you'll know how to shoot drop dead gorgeous waterfalls.

http://digital-photography-school.com/4-tips-for-shooting-drop-dead-gorgeous-waterfalls
DPMag
A great poet once said, "Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to." Well I don't think that poet knew what she was talking about, because waterfalls make for supremely interesting, beautiful photographic subjects. But only if you know how to make…

Behind The Scenes At A Filter Factory

Reading the always informative DIY Photography blog a few weeks back I came across this unique video. It's a behind the scenes tour of the Lee Filters factory in England. And while you might expect something like photographic filter manufacture to be a highly technical, fully automated process, in fact Lee uses a largely handmade approach to crafting their products. Some of the commenters seem to think that the handmade approach is inefficient and impractical, but I think if it's been serving the company well for a few decades, so why mess with success? Either way, it's a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the creation of these always valuable photographic tools.

http://www.diyphotography.net/how-lee-filters-are-made
DPMag
Reading the always informative DIY Photography blog a few weeks back I came across this unique video. It's a behind the scenes tour of the Lee Filters factory in England. And while you might expect something like photographic filter manufacture to be a highly technical, fully automated process, in fact…

Awesome Lighting Tutorial Videos

I like lighting tutorials. Sure, I'm a studio photographer and sure I work with lighting tools on a daily basis, but part of what makes this job so interesting is continually learning new techniques. (The internet is full of lighting tutorials so it's a pretty easy way to keep learning about photography without worrying about ponying up for tuition.) But while it's often the case that lighting tutorials are interesting—if for no other reason than it's neat to watch photographers work—it's rare that I think they're especially useful for audiences comprised of both newbies and experts. Such is the case with The Slanted Lens web site and its series of exceptional lighting tutorial videos. Not only do they serve as tremendous technical explanations of particular light modifiers—like Octodomes, Softboxes and Beauty Dishes—but they really show practical hands-on uses of these tools and how they differ subtly from one another. Whether you want to know about how they change at different distances or when using modifiers of different sizes, it's really a great starting place for studio lighting techniques. And those techniques, in my opinion, translate across all photographic disciplines.

http://theslantedlens.com/2012/understanding-octodomesocto-boxes-a-lighting-tutorial
DPMag
I like lighting tutorials. Sure, I'm a studio photographer and sure I work with lighting tools on a daily basis, but part of what makes this job so interesting is continually learning new techniques. (The internet is full of lighting tutorials so it's a pretty easy way to keep learning…
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