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  • This past weekend I was talking to my Peachpit Press Editor, Ted Waitt, and he was asking for my advice about getting some new camera gear. The next thing he wanted to get into was lighting and he wanted to know what his options were. After talking for a few minutes, Ted said, "Ya know, you really ought to do something like that for your blog, where you recommend different lighting set-ups for people with different budgets and needs." I thought it was a great idea, and well, here we are: Welcome to my first "Lighting Gear Week." Each day this week, I'll be sharing my recommendations for different set-ups and budgets, just as if a friend had asked me what they should get. Here we go: Day 1: Wedding/Portrait Location Lighting Setup (on a Budget) I would tell a friend to start by…

    I had a busy few days this weekend; starting on Friday where I got up a 5:00 am to meet up with Laurie Excell and Moose Peterson at Laurie's "Nature Safari" at Ft. Desoto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida (about 45 minutes from my office). Then on Saturday Matt Kloskowski and I flew up to Washington DC to be a part of Jeff Revell's DC Photo Walk (hosted by PhotoWalkPro.com----go there to see some of the images). I'll have a post showing my shots from there tomorrow, but today here are some pics from Laurie's workshop. (click on them for larger views). Adove: When Laurie shoots; she brings the really big glass. In fact, all the students in the class were sporting some pretty serious lenses, with the shortest being a 400mm. Here's Laurie a few feet off shore shooting a white Ibis with…

    Here's a very quick look at what's goin' on (because I've got an early morning shoot). Flying with Fish has a must-read article this week on the recent rise in camera theft at airport security checkpoints. If you travel with camera gear, you've got to read this one (here's the link). Also, Steven Frischling (of FlyingwithFish fame) is bringing his "No Jet Lag" quick photo travel workshop to Baltimore/Washington DC area on March 15th, and New York City on March 16th. There are just a few seats lefts in both cities, if you want to snag one, here's where you can find out more, or sign up. Don't forget---tomorrow is Jeff Revell's Free PhotoWalk DC. Every one's invited to join up with Jeff and friends for two hours of shooting, followed by pubbing, grubbing, and chimping. Word has it that Inner Circle photographer Mike…

    Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I do a lot of my own in-house prints (I have an Epson Stylus Pro 3800, 2400, and a 7880), but I also send out some work to different labs (mostly wedding albums, photo books, etc.), and for those I've been using a number of different vendors, but I think I have finally found "My lab." I just got my first order back from Mpix.com, and I was just blown away with the results. I had done a mother/baby portrait shoot for my in-house book editor Kim Doty (who is, by the way, the best book editor on the entire planet), and although I had already made some prints for her, I wanted to do something really special with my favorite image of her and her baby boy (shown above), so I ordered a…

    Before: The original unretouched image of Issac. (Click on it for a larger view) After: Issac after applying the effect in Camera Raw and Photoshop (no plug-ins). (Click on it for a larger view) Direct Gritty Technique Back on Tuesday a posted a review of the Lucis Art plug-in for Photoshop, which gives you a one-click solution for getting that cool gritty look that's been made so popular by photographers like Dave Hill (see the Tuesday post for more on this). Anyway, last year, on Photoshop User TV, my co-host Matt Kloskowski showed how to get that kind of gritty effect from right within Lightroom (he showed the effect applied to an old car), and then I started showing it in both my Lightroom Tour and my Photoshop CS3 Power Tour (where I applied it to a shot of one of the Tampa Bay…

    I got a number of emails, and comments, asking if I would do a lighting diagram of how the cereal shot from Monday was done, but once I started working on the diagram, I realized how much I hate lighting diagrams, so I set the shoot back up and took a shot of the set-up (shown above--click for a larger view). The table the cereal is on, is actually the portable laptop stand I use in my Lightroom Tour, ---I just covered it with a white tablecloth. The handheld reflector (to the left of the cereal bowl) is actually a Lastolite pop-up gray card, but since one side is white, it makes a nice little reflector. The light to the right of the Camera is a Westcott Spiderlight TD3 with daylight balanced fluorescent bulbs (I used the TD3 because I don't need that much…

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