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The Beauty Of Available Light

When many people think of a professional portrait photographer, this often conjures up images of someone like Richard Avedon, darting around frantically with a light meter, taking readings from all different angles in a high-paced and frenetic setting at a large industrial space.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
When many people think of a professional portrait photographer, this often conjures up images of someone like Richard Avedon, darting around frantically with a light meter, taking readings from all different angles in a high-paced and frenetic setting at a large industrial space surrounded by a myriad of assistants, different…

Art Of The Diptych

We strive in photography to shoot "the shot," often concentrating on one singular image at a time.
By Kristin Zecchinelli Of Shutter Sisters
We strive in photography to shoot "the shot," often concentrating on one singular image at a time. This is how I, too, shoot most days, but I also love going through a shoot, or filtering through my own archives, seeing how certain images seem to want to be together. Alone…

How To Shape Hard Light

Softboxes and umbrellas—and the soft light they produce—really seem to get all the love.
By William Sawalich
Softboxes and umbrellas—and the soft light they produce—really seem to get all the love. You're building your lighting setup, and what's the first thing you add to your strobe and light stand? An umbrella or softbox, of course. They're great modifiers for turning hard specular light into beautiful soft light—which…

Reverse Engineering Instagram

In the early days of cell phone photography, I resisted the trend
By William Sawalich
In the early days of cell phone photography, I resisted the trend. I considered anything produced by a smartphone nothing more than a dime-a-dozen snapshot. But then … well, I was proved decisively wrong. There's some pretty cool stuff happening with cell phone photography, from big-time photojournalists using camera phones…

How To Build And Use A V-Flat

If you’re outfitting a shooting space of any sort, from huge studio to converted garage, one of the most useful tools is a V-flat
By William Sawalich
If you're outfitting a shooting space of any sort, from huge studio to converted garage, one of the most useful tools is a V-flat. V-flats are easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects, and they're useful as everything from a multi-purpose light modifier to a portrait background. Here's how to make them…

How To Photograph Butterflies

Recently I found myself anxious for the arrival of warm weather and craving a bit of outdoor photography
By William Sawalich
Recently I found myself anxious for the arrival of warm weather and craving a bit of outdoor photography. So what did I do? I headed indoors, of course. I found my local butterfly house and got a dose of outdoor photography in its warm and comfortable confines. There are dozens…
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