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Lighting how-to: Light wands with two subjects


May 2017 issue Tech

To review the BrightSaber Travel Portable Light Wand by Polaroid ($69.99), I took a break from my typical three-light portrait practices to use continuous lights. I had the Travel BrightSaber and the LightSaber Pro ($170) to experiment with.The Travel Portable Light Wand comes with four color filters and has 10 power settings. Both the Pro and the Travel versions are comfortable to hold and easy to mount on light stands.I wanted the camera-to-subject distance to be far enough away to use a... Continue Reading >

Wall art with heart: A portrait approach that emphasizes prints


March 2017 issue Profiles

Crisp and clean in style yet snug and sweet in spirit, Meghan Doll’s baby and family portraiture isn’t fine art, she says. It’s “heart art.”People get hung up on what constitutes art and what’s appropriate for their walls, she explains. But ultimately what most parents want is something that makes them smile, that swells their hearts, and that reflects the love they feel for their children. “It’s different from fine art,” she says. “It has a different place in your life.... Continue Reading >

New Bees: AlienBees DigiBee DB400 and DB800


February 2017 issue News

It’s been a while since Paul C. Buff Inc. has introduced a major new product, and the DigiBees are the first to be released since Paul C. Buff’s death last year. Though they lack the power of the popular Buff Einstein and AlienBees B1600 flash units, the DigiBees hit a price point between the two and offer their own innovations. One innovation in particular sets the DigiBees apart from their cousins.As a user of several of the original AlienBees, I was first taken by the relative small... Continue Reading >

Photo how-to: A vivid portrayal of beauty

November 2016 issue News

Take a brief look at how Megan Anderson, M.Photog., CPP, made the Loan Collection photo that landed on our November cover.  Continue Reading >

Natural light is not enough


November 2016 issue Profiles

SCOTT DETWEILER ON THE BENEFITS OF ADDITIVE LIGHTINGMany a photographer has built a business on making images with little more than their camera and sunshine. But is natural light photography enough?“I would argue that even if you’re shooting entirely outdoors, the ability to augment the light is critical,” says Scott Detweiler. “It’s so important to be able to create different looks in different lighting conditions and be able to re-light things to achieve the appropriate... Continue Reading >

To be a better photographer, get to know light


November 2016 issue Tech

Crafting light from the shadowsOne of my first recollections of appreciating the beauty of light was on a family road trip when I excitedly pointed out the play of light and shadow on a grassy ridge to a less-than-impressed audience. I am still on that lifelong quest to replicate the beauty of light that comes out of the shadows—to not just see the light but know the light.My goal in lighting most portraits, especially sports portraits, is not a 3:1 lighting ratio with detail in the... Continue Reading >

Light painting: The art, science, and business


9.26.2016 Business

Sweeping illuminationIn my 42 years as a professional photographer, nothing has excited me more about image making than the technique of painting with light. Though it originated with film, digital light painting provides a level of control over the image not possible with any other method, taking a number of long exposures of a subject in a darkened area using continuous light and then blending those exposures in Photoshop.© John HartmanBecause they're composed of many separate... Continue Reading >

3 Lighting tips from Russ Harrington


October 2016 issue News

Bag of tricksRuss Harrington, who’s photographed 700 album covers and self-identifies as a “lighting guy,” will deliver a session on lighting and modifiers at Imaging USA 2017.Professional Photographer caught up with Harrington for three bits of lighting advice:© Russ HarringtonSetting up for the Alan Jackson shoot1. Choose the right modifier for the situation. Does this image need a 7-foot modifier or three snoots? It ultimately depends on what kind of image the client wants... Continue Reading >
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