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Location lighting Part 1


Taxidermist Tim Bovard and  a Sumatran Tiger was lit by one Lumedyne 200 watt/sec flash. The flash triggered by a Quantum radio slave placed on the display case between the Tim and the tiger. The house lights were turned off to remove the clutter in the background. Whatever is not lit, can’t be seen, so there’s no need to remove them from the background. Exposure info: ISO 200 1/200 sec @ f11 using a 28mm lens.

Taxidermist & Sumatran Tiger

There are many schools of thought when it comes to lighting.

If I have a lot of time with my subject, I will take the trouble to actually create the “feel” or ambience by lighting everything.

Just be aware that lighting everything means you have to bring everything and possibly the kitchen sink. Continue reading Location lighting Part 1

Naples Island at night with Christmas Lights


If you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California or are visiting during holiday season between Thanksgiving and the New Year, you have to check this out.

No, you don’t have to be a photography buff to enjoy this free attraction in the city of Long Beach.

I have a minivan that seats 7, so I somehow ended up with all the kids by myself while the adults hopped into 2 other cars. Continue reading Naples Island at night with Christmas Lights

2 Light Demo for Portraits

In my modular classroom there is a single north-facing  door.

There is also a rectangular north-facing window which is really not a factor in lighting. It is heavily tinted.

I have a space about 18 feet  wide by 36 feet long, 3/4 of that space is taken up by computers and desks.

So studio/demo space =  18 x 10 feet.

For this very basic lesson in lighting and portraiture, with no discussion of light ratios whatsoever, I used:

Lighting tips for successful pictures

The key to any successful picture lies in the lighting.

Whether it’s a portrait, an action shot, or even a studio shot.

For the sake of this discussion, I’m assuming light levels are enough for shutter speeds that would eliminate camera shake or subject motion.

The most successful photographers are the ones most able to control, manipulate, and use it to capture what they see in their mind’s eye. Continue reading Lighting tips for successful pictures