All About Lighting

Photography Education

Anyone reading my blog for any amount of time knows how much I love sharing my passion for photography and I love teaching other photographers things that totally make their day. For the longest time I've been sharing lighting tutorials, composition tips, equipment comparisons on small blog posts but I've been wanting to share even more and for the last year or so we've been working on a new website where I can do just that. This past fall I launched an Online Photography Education site called Shoot for Love, it is a monthly membership site priced to be as affordable and as accessible as possible....

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Journey to Portland: Begins

January 31st, 2011 - Salt Lake City, UT to Portland, OR iPhone using Hipstamatic (a great photography app) Steven Wood and I landed at 6:04PM, drove straight from the Portland Airport to Stereoblind studio where we met our two hosts along with two models and two stylists.  This would be the first day of a three day shooting trip, seven models in three days. The first day, right off the plane, was a shoot planned with a full styling team and three models.  None of whom I'd ever met in real life. This trip was a bit of an experiment.  I wanted to see how hard it was to leave my geographic...

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Elinchrom Beauty Dish vs. Deep Octa

Great lighting is all about the modifiers.  Whether it is the clouds that filter harsh sunlight or the light shaping tools that attach to the front of your strobes - the way you control the light can have subtle (or extreme) differences on your subject. I photographed three models using all the same equipment - changing only the light modifier attached to the front of my Elinchrom 300RX Monolight. The Beauty Dish is a staple, and a favorite, for many photographers, especially those specializing in commercial beauty shots. The Elinchrom Deep Octa is often warmly compared to the Beauty Dish...

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Octagonal Softbox Review

First of all, I have no idea why there isn't a standard name for octagonal softboxes, every company uses their own name - Elinchrom Octa, Photoflex Octodome, Hensel Octaform... it gets confusing!  That said the Octagon shaped soft-box is one of my favorite light modifiers.  Not only does it make for beautiful catchlights it also wraps around the face and body in a way other soft boxes just can't seem to pull off. I wanted to get a new one but I couldn't really find any good reviews on the differences between brands, so I asked B&H to send me a couple to take for a test drive, thanks...

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Trolley Square | Lighting Diagrams & Video

Behind the Scenes at Trolley Square Mall As part of The Hive gallery's fashion month we did a live shoot at the mall (during open hours) for the public to come watch!  It was tons  of work, tons of fun and we had a great turn out of spectators!  Here is a behind the scenes look with lighting diagrams (click them for a full size view) and video which will give you some real life peeks at how everything was set up!  Enjoy!

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Trolley Square | Lighting Diagrams & Video

Behind the Scenes at Trolley Square Mall As part of The Hive gallery's fashion month we did a live shoot at the mall (during open hours) for the public to come watch!  It was tons  of work, tons of fun and we had a great turn out of spectators!  Here is a behind the scenes look with lighting diagrams (click them for a full size view) and video which will give you some real life peeks at how everything was set up!  Enjoy!

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4 Lights | A Step By Step Guide

4 Lights A Step by Step guide Here is a step-by-step lighting diagram guide showing how I set up this particular 4-strobe shot.  The images next to the diagrams are straight out of the camera, also you'll notice I don't really make the model pose too carefully while I'm doing the light setup. See the rest of this finished series at Black Lace

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4 Lights | A Step By Step Guide

4 Lights A Step by Step guide Here is a step-by-step lighting diagram guide showing how I set up this particular 4-strobe shot.  The images next to the diagrams are straight out of the camera, also you'll notice I don't really make the model pose too carefully while I'm doing the light setup. See the rest of this finished series at Black Lace

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Lighting Diagrams

Lighting Diagrams I get lots of questions about lighting, so I thought I'd layout some shots and how I lit (or is it lighted?) them.  Hopefully this will be fairly informative, let me know what you think and if you have any special requests!  Illustrations that I used to create these diagrams are courtesy of photographer Kevin Kertz. Want to buy any of the equipment shown above? Find it at Adorama using the search box below:

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