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  • Category Archives Lighting

    Hi Gang: Just a really short one for today---I'm up late prepping for a new nationwide tour I'm about to launch called "Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it, Live!" and today (Monday) I'm doing a test run of the tour with a small (25 people) live audience in our studios down in Florida. We invited 25 or so NAPP members to spend the day with me for free today as I do the entire seminar, start to finish, just for them. That way I can get their one-on-one feedback, ideas, and generally test and tweak everything out before we hit the road. I'll have the official tour dates and cities shortly, but in the meantime I wanted to share something that I've been seeing more and more of, and it makes me think the camera or lens manufacturers are missing something in their instruction…

    Yesterday our lighting set-up was pretty much for head shots (one beauty dish and a reflector), but for every look we did during the day, I also shot more traditional full length shots as well, but like always---I try to keep the lighting simple, using just one main light. This was shot with a gray background---I added the violet Split Tone effect in the shadow areas inside of Lightroom. Here's the lighting set-up for the shot you see at the top of the page. We used the same exact strobe (the Elinchrom BXRI 500), but we switched out the Beauty Dish we used for the headshots shown in yesterday's post for the 53" Midi Octa softbox, which is probably my most-often used softbox when shooting fashion (It's priced fairly decent for its large size---B&H Photo has it $289. Link). The main reason I switched…

    I know it's technically not Pimpy Thursday, but I just found out the follow-up to one of my most popular training projects ever; Photo Recipes Live, is now on its way to bookstores. It's called (wait for it, wait for it)........."Photo Recipes Live 2" This is a combo DVD/Book set based on the final chapter of my books, "The Digital Photography Book" (Volumes 1, 2, & 3) where I show a particular shot or "look" and then I show exactly how you can recreate that same look, including all the lighting, softboxes, camera settings---the works (I don't leave anything out!). In this new Part 2, I take you (and a video camera crew) with me, behind the scenes, on location to a very cool Miami Beach studio set, and then out to Miami Beach itself, where you'll learn the step-by-step techniques on how to…

    Last week I promised that I would tell you guys a little bit about what the folks at FJ Westcott did on the Photoshop World Expo Floor that made them the talk of the show, but first a little history. (All Photos by Terry White. Thanks T!). Dave Moser (NAPP's Chief Operating Officer) and I had come up with an idea with based on the the fact that so many people already bring their cameras to Photoshop World. We thought it would be cool if we set up "shooting stations" for lack of a better term, where we would have sets and props or professional models, all professionally lit, where they could practice their skills. A few months back I called Kelly Mondora over at Westcott Lighting to share the idea, because the only way this was really going to work was to use…

    If you’re coming to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo next month; make sure you bring your camera, because we’re doing something really cool with the folks at Westcott that will totally make it worth your while. Besides Westcott’s regular booth on the show floor, NAPP has partnered with Westcott to create a special "Photo Shootout" area. Here's what Westcott has planned: Four uniquely themed shootout bays will feature professional models, renowned instructors, commercial product set ups and more. Each day we will begin with four custom designed scenes all professionally lit utilizing the award-winning Spiderlite TD5 constant lighting system along with high-end modifiers, props and backgrounds.  Professional models with be styled by Candace Corey who has worked with such talent as Lady Antebellum, Danny Glover, Olympic Winner Shawn Johnson, comedian Chelsea Handler and more.   Her work can also be found in Rolling Stone,…

    My bestselling Book/DVD combo: Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes Lighting Techniques, is now available as both an iPad and iPhone App from the iTunes Store. The cool thing is: the App is only $9.95, and includes all the same videos and content. One of the reviewers on iTunes wrote this about the App: "His technique of showing the shot, and then breaking it down how he did it, is very productive. The narrative is fun, not dry. $10 for pro instruction on lighting is a deal, the price of some digital photography magazines." Anyway, if you'd like to check it out, you can find it right here. Thanks to my Publisher, Peachpit Press who developed the App and got it out there. They really did a great job with it, and I'm super psyched to have it available both as a App, and…

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