First Photo Studio: Part 1

For many photographers, the thought of going pro is very tempting. Perhaps you’ve gone through a change in career or family life, you love photography, or all your friends and family tell you that you’re great and that you should make a business of photography.

Read the article for steps on getting the gear that you’re going to need to get started.

Product Photography: Part 2

Product photography concepts are consistent regardless of the product, so what you learn here can be applied to any item.

In Part 1 of this tutorial, we left off with the shoot workflow and a promise to dig further into the gear used to make product photography work for you.

Flowers using High Speed Sync in Bright Sun

We are going to talk about a really powerful – but occasionally misunderstood – flash tool called HSS, or High Speed Sync.

This feature allows us to achieve a proper flash exposure at a shutter speed much higher than the default flash synchronization speed. It’s absolutely brilliant and on many camera / flash combinations that support High Speed Sync, it’s often just a switch setting.

Product Photography Part 1

Product photography concepts are consistent, regardless of the product. In product photography, lighting is everything. The light defines the image.
Control your light by defining it yourself. You want shadows and textures and direction to create dimensionality.

Lighting Your Vlogs

Vlogging is one of the most rapidly growing social media outreach mechanisms. Using your DSLR and mirrorless cameras to make a vlog produces a huge improvement in quality over a smartphone. We’ve written recently about choosing a microphone for your camera to deliver better quality audio, so this time let’s look at the challenge of lighting.

Beauty Dish

In this article, we are going to look at a key light shaper for anyone shooting portraits; the beauty dish.

The beauty dish takes the strengths of both hard light shapers and soft light shapers and brings them together in what is going to be a very unique look.