On Lighting

  • Shooting On-Location Portraits of Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilots

    Sep 1st, 2009  |  108 Comments

    A few weeks ago I got to do a photo shoot with a group of U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilots from an Army Reserve Medevac unit. During the shoot my 2nd assistant on the job, Chris Cox, looks at me and says, “Is there any place where you feel less like a man thanContinue…

  • A First Look at the new Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Battery-Powered Strobe System

    Jul 16th, 2009  |  42 Comments

    Last week Mark Astmann from Bogen Imaging came by our studios, and showed us one of the coolest, and most anticipated, new battery-powered strobe systems ever, and well…you’ve just gotta watch the video below to see what all the fuss is about (Note: this is the same kit that Joe McNally was using for hisContinue…

  • Joe McNally and I Team Up This Summer For a Workshop In The Caribbean

    Apr 27th, 2009  |  19 Comments

    I’m sitting at my desk one day—the phone rings, and I hear, “Hey, ya Mook; it’s McNally.” He told me he called to tell me that he was putting together a special week-long small-flash lighting workshop in the amazingly beautiful, lush, tropical island of St. Lucia down in the Caribbean, from July 5-12th. He toldContinue…

  • Lighting Gear Deal This Week on Larry’s NAPP News Show

    Apr 24th, 2009  |  5 Comments

    I know a lot of you already watch Larry Becker’s weekly NAPP news report, but for those of you who haven’t caught his show yet, one thing I like about it is that he always covers different stuff from one week to the next. He just did a great interview with Corey Barker about theContinue…

  • Studio Strobes vs. Small Off-Camera Flashes

    Apr 20th, 2009  |  89 Comments

    I finally got around to covering a question that I get asked so often from readers here on the blog, and that is: “What is the difference between off camera flash (like a Nikon SB-800 or SB-900, or a Canon 580 EXII), and a Studio Strobe?” If I have time, I sometimes answer people backContinue…

  • “Beauty Style” Headshot: Behind The Scenes

    Apr 13th, 2009  |  45 Comments

    I got a few comments on Friday asking how I did the “beauty style” headshot featured in Westcott’s new Lighting catalog, and so I thought I’d show how to light it here. The shot you see in Westcott’s catalog (which was taken with 2 Spiderlite TD-5—scroll down to the next post to see the shot),Continue…

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