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Top 3 Tips For Keeping Expensive Camera Gear Protected Top 3 Tips For Keeping Expensive Camera Gear Protected

Have you noticed it is barely impossible to set foot out of your house and not see a few people taking photos with their phones or cameras throughout the day? Selfies may rule at the moment, but our faces are most certainly not the only things we like to capture on camera nowadays. The intriguing foods we eat, beautiful scenery, out pets, and various... [Read more]

Using Bogen Monospots Using Bogen Monospots

Studio lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to get great results.  This is a simple 1 light set-up using a Bogen MonoSpot aimed directly at her. Check out the pull-back shot below to see my exact lighting set-up. I was sitting on the stool in the bottom left of the frame.  I started right next to the light and then rolled around getting... [Read more]

Posing Basics: Head Positions Posing Basics: Head Positions

In this section we will take a look at proper head positioning. The two basic head positions are the masculine and feminine head positions. Masculine Pose The masculine head position is accomplished by turning subjects head toward either shoulder, tilting top of the head away from the lead shoulder. This position can work for both male and female subjects. Feminine... [Read more]

Adding Movement to Your Image Adding Movement to Your Image

In the world of “I’ll do it in Photoshop” many new photographers are not learning many of the basic techniques used in the good ole film days to be able to create effects in camera.  Now, don’t get me wrong….applying movement in Phototshop does have some advantages. For example, you can control how much of the image gets... [Read more]

Glamour Head Shot Techniques Glamour Head Shot Techniques

The difference between shooting a typical head shot an creating a glamour portrait are really obvious. The lighting must be flattering, the filters soft and the make-up truly professional. It’s the execution of these principles that will set your work apart. Our studio technique involves a few simple steps that give us the “Hollywood” look, as... [Read more]

Add Impact To Your Photos Add Impact To Your Photos

Most portraits are shot in the standard vertical orientation (which is where the term portrait comes from).  However, to add impact to your portraits don’t be afraid to crop the image in a horizontal format.   Try shooting some images horizontally in your next session. For this image not only did I crop the image in the horizontal format, the... [Read more]

Building a Studio Background Tip Building a Studio Background Tip

You don’t have to have expensive sets and backgrounds in order to get a stylish, trendy look.  This background was made with the siding material that you can buy from your local Home Depot. Since this was the first time we ever used it, we simply clamped it to our background stands. As you can see, it produced some great looking images.  After... [Read more]

Studio Lighting with Photogenic Mini-Spots Studio Lighting with Photogenic Mini-Spots

This set-up was done using 5 tungsten continuous light sources. The lights used for this set up are Photogenic Mini-spots. These lights are a lot of fun to work with, and provide a will you can only achieve with his style of lighting. We use these lights a lot for Hollywood style glamour and when doing character studies. A couple things to consider... [Read more]

Using Posing Stools Correctly Using Posing Stools Correctly

At first glimpse talking about posing stool height may seem silly to you. Although that couldn’t be further from the truth. Correct posing stool height is very important to maintaining your subjects proper posture. The correct height for the posing stool is slightly above the knee. At that height it forces the subject to sit properly producing... [Read more]

Basic Posing Tips Basic Posing Tips

Basically, your job as a professional photographer is to make your client look good (or better than they actually do) in their portraits. The first thing I typically do is a quick facial analysis to determine if the subject has one side that is better than the other. Many times this is very obvious, especially if they have a scar or blemish, but often... [Read more]