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How to Visualize Photography Lighting Setups in Blender

Neat idea – quick reference card with different lighting angles. Here’s the same idea done with Blender 3D modeling software instead of real photos. Previously – Effect of Lens Focal Length on Portraits

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Flash photography and the inverse square law

bounce flash photography & the inverse square law – Neil vN tangents. Good stuff. The Mark Wallace video he links is even better: I understood the basic concept and I still learned a lot. I didn’t appreciate how quickly in … Continue reading

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Dan Winter’s portrait photography

Strobist linked to Dan Winter’s portrait work. It’s good stuff. I like the style he uses below, where there’s just a patch of light hitting part of the person’s face. P.S. Someone remind me who that actor is. I keep … Continue reading

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Notes from Patrick Murphy-Racey’s Photography Lighting Workshop

I was cleaning out some files this weekend and ran across my notes from this 2010 workshop at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Light Modifiers If you have $2,000 to spend on lighting he recommends spending half on lights and … Continue reading

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High Speed Photography Gear

Found some cool stuff for doing high speed photography from this article on paint sculpture photography. Basic idea behind high speed photography: Set up everything in the dark. Open your camera’s shutter. Since it’s dark it won’t record anything. Then … Continue reading

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Strobist’s Picks for Soft Light Modifiers

Strobist – Gear Basics: Choosing and Using Soft Light Modifiers I ordered the Westcott umbrella for the studio at work. My friend Jim tells me he’s using umbrellas to light YouTube videos, so I may wind up getting a second … Continue reading

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8 Light Modifiers for Flash Photography Compared

Neil Van Nickerk – contest: comparison between different flash modifiers Good stuff. I’m figuring out there’s no best light modifier. There’s just the modifier that gives you the look you want in that situation. It’s nice to be able to … Continue reading

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What I did last night instead of blogging

Went to Lightroom class and then when on a photowalk to shoot models. Somebody’s gotta do it. Still working on the photos, but here’s one of the best. I set a Nikon SB-800 flash behind and to the right for … Continue reading

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Playing Around with Gelling a Flash / Concert Photography

A while back I bought a Lumiquest gel holder and sample gels. Gels are colored plastic that change the color of your flash. Ever been to a rock concert with colored lights? They used gels to add color to white … Continue reading

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Strobist on the New Nikon SB-700 Flash

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Misses it By This Much. Go see what feature he’s talking about. It isn’t a problem for me and there are easy work-arounds. The SB700 looks pretty good to me. More features than the SB600 and the … Continue reading

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Primo Nikon Flash Links (and a couple for my Canon friends)

DPAnswers’ Nikon Flash Primer by Gisle Hannemyr Awesome, amazing stuff. Most everything you’d want to know about Nikon flash is in these pages. CLS terminology and features Nikon flash models Basic Settings More Settings On-camera Flash Recipes He also … Continue reading

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Didn’t know my own flash’s strength

I’ve been using the new-to-me Nikon SB-800 flash lately and I’m having to learn how to use a flash this strong. Using this flash for close-ups is like using an atom bomb to roast a weenie. When you were a … Continue reading

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Nikon Single Servo AF-S Autofocus vs. Continuous Servo AF-C Autofocus

Sometimes I’ve tried to take a picture and the camera refused to fire. Now I realize why – it was in Single Servo focus mode and it couldn’t get a definite focus lock. I ran into this the other day. … Continue reading

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Swimming Pool Picasso

I love the way the color dissolves underwater.

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Scored a pro Nikon lens and flash off Craigslist

This morning I met a guy off Craigslist and bought a Nikon 70-200mm AF-S VR F2.8 lens. It’s something I hadn’t let myself want because I didn’t imagine a $2,000 lens in my future any time soon. The opportunity to … Continue reading

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