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Lighting tutorial: How and why to use front, side, and back lighting


December 2017 issue Tech

© Alison CarlinoNo matter what genre of photography you work in, you have to control the direction, color, quantity, and quality of the light falling on your subject. There are three directions I use to create my images— front (or top-down), side, and back. Here’s how and why I use each.FRONT LIGHTINGConsider front-on full sun, where the light is shining straight into the subject’s face or coming in from the top down, such as noontime sun. This type of light is harsh. Clients may... Continue Reading >

Tutorial: Off-leash (not really)


6.29.2017 Tech

As a location dog photographer my number one priority during a photo session is the safety, well-being, and comfort of the dog. In my suburban location about 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., this means more than 95 percent of my subjects are on a leash during the session. However, looking through my gallery on my website, you would never know it. Digital leash removal is an essential skill for any dog photographer.Having images in the gallery that give the appearance of a carefree,... Continue Reading >

This Cubs photo was a home run in more ways than one


July 2017 issue News

© Stephen GreenAnatomy of an ImageDate: August 24, 2015Location: Wrigley Field, ChicagoSubject: Kris Bryant walk-off home runCircumstances: All in a day’s workEquipment: Canon EOS 1D X, 70-300mm lensThe image on the right made the cover of Sports Illustrated, but it was just part of a day’s work for Chicago Cubs official photographer Stephen Green. Green typically arrives at the stadium about three hours before first pitch and checks with players in the clubhouse to see if... Continue Reading >

All together now


August 2016 issue Business

10 families, 5 studios, 1 heirloom printCamaraderie and community are difficult to quantify … until you need them. When you do, the power of a strong, supportive professional network becomes invaluable.That’s what Betty Huth, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, and Edward Booth, M.Photog.Cr, CPP, API, owners of Huth & Booth Photography in Riverview, Florida, found out last year when they were exploring ways to make a dream project real for one of their clients.SituationThe episode began when... Continue Reading >

Start painting


June 2016 issue Tech

Each release of Corel Painter introduces features for all kinds of artists, and for photographers who want to offer digital painting, the additions to Corel Painter 2016 are designed to make the process easier.The new welcome screen helps point you in the right direction from the beginning with tabs labeled Learn, Get Content, Get Started, and Get Inspired. These tabs lead you to training content, add-on brush sets, preset workspaces, and artwork created with Corel Painter 2016 to show you... Continue Reading >

Light it right


October 2015 issue Tech

Octabank vs. beauty dishFor many years well-meaning mentors have given photographers lighting recipes in the form of detailed descriptions and diagrams. They present rigorous lighting formulas with the belief that they’re helping photographers understand the intricacies of lighting by offering specific schemes to follow. I believe in going beyond recipes to understand the complexities of lighting, the theories behind good photographic lighting, and the why’s of light and shadow control.... Continue Reading >
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