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11 genius DIY lighting hacks


November 2019 issue Profiles

© Seth Miranda Seth Miranda will present a session on creative lighting at Imaging USA 2020.From the early days of his career as a teenager shooting for BMX magazines to his current work photographing beauty, makeup, and special effects imagery, Seth Miranda has sought to sculpt light with whatever materials he had at his disposal. That could mean using a full studio setup worth thousands of dollars or pulling items out of the trash on the streets of New York. To Miranda, there’s no real... Continue Reading >

Amy Feick makes a mad scientist


March 2019 issue Tech

Date: March 18, 2015Location: Amy Feick’s studio in Port Huron, Michigan, and her ex-husband’s machine shopSubject: Amy’s son, AveryEquipment: Nikon D750, Nikon SB910 Speedlight for the backlight, and a Photogenic Powerlight 1250 with a beauty dish for the front lightFeick’s notes: “Avery had been a mad scientist for Halloween the year before. He played the part so well that we wanted to create a special portrait for him. The goal was to portray Avery’s lab after it had just... Continue Reading >

Review: PortraitPro 18 Studio Max


February 2019 issue Tech

While many of us would rather outsource image retouching, it’s an exchange of creative control for greater time efficiency. PortraitPro 18 is an alternative, which is what initially drew me to Anthropic’s PortraitPro Studio Max several years ago when I reviewed version 15. Complete control: check. Improved efficiency: check. The original images shown in this review are straight from the camera, and retouches have been made solely with PortraitPro.The PortraitPro 18 Studio Max installer... Continue Reading >

John Gress’ best portrait lighting techniques


December 2018 issue Profiles

Ask John Gress what he does for a living, and he’ll tell you he lights things. The whole truth is more detailed: a career spanning two decades of photojournalism, commercial photography, portraiture, videography, and more. Along the way, he’s become one of  the nation’s foremost experts on lighting, with an emphasis on using artificial light and light modifiers to enhance reality—natural light, only better.© John GressIn the run-up to his presentation at Imaging USA in January... Continue Reading >

Bring high-end lighting to school portraits


November 2018 issue Tech

Photographers Neal Freed and Bryan Blanken of Freed Photography transitioned from full-time wedding photography to school photography and succeeded by bringing a high-end portrait look to school photos. Here are some tips from Freed and Blanken on achieving a superior portrait in the rapid fire pace of school photos. They’ll share more at their Imaging USA program in January.Gabi Wright is a photographer in Silver Spring, Maryland. Continue Reading >

Heather Chinn’s hand painting adds value, artistry, and profits


October 2018 issue Profiles

Heather Chinn, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., (aka Heather the Painter) is a ghost. A friendly ghost, to be sure, one who slips in behind photographers to enhance their work with artistic embellishments that can dramatically increase the value of their work. Specializing in both digital painting and hand painting with oils, she has worked her way to a prosperous career as an artistic collaborator and teacher.© Heather ChinnChinn went to art school in the early 2000s to be a painter. After one... Continue Reading >

Flag etiquette for photography sessions

June 2018 issue Business

While the United States Flag Code is federal law, penalties for failure to comply are not enforced. That doesn’t give photographers free reign to treat the Stars and Stripes as a typical backdrop. One solution for clients who want to incorporate an American flag in their session is red, white, and blue bunting (with blue up and red down). If you do plan to include the flag in a session, be wary of the Flag Code no-nos.© Professional Photographers of America Continue Reading >

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 >
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