Melvin’s Racer

I shot this on the same backdrop as the guitar shots I posted yesterday. This one has a bit of a different story, though. The obvious part is that it’s an old, wooden toy race car. It belonged to my uncle Melvin. My mother gave this to me last year, along with another one of […]

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Flashy Guitars

Lighting the ’52 Tele Sometimes worlds need to collide. I decided to throw my photography and music together for a moment. It started off with the shot above. I wanted to go with a very low-key look to accentuate the form of my ’52 Telecaster (reissue, not original). It was also a good excuse to […]

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Peculiar Light

Playing with Light This weekend, I setup some white seamless paper on a table-top and practiced a bit using my Nikon flashes; one SB-800 on the subject through a softbox and one SB-600 on the white seamless background. The concept was clear to me. Set the background light about a stop and a half brighter […]

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The Shadow Knows

Last week, I did a few tests with my Nikon SB-800 flash and some dome light modifiers to see how they affected the light. The idea came about from a combination or sources, but it was essentially regarding whether or not a dome diffuser softens the light. Some people claim it does, but that flies […]

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The Light and How to Swing It

One of the things that I really liked about the Zack Arias OneLight DVD was a photograph he showed to illustrate the Inverse Square Law, or in simpler terms, light fall-off. In it the photo, he marked off the light meter readings to show the f/stop of light as it traveled away from its source. […]

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KelbyTraining

Review: Kelby Training on Lighting

Update:  I have an updated review of Kelby Training.  Check it out! In many ways, I think that Kelby Training is one of the best values available for training photographers. I’m specifically going to look at their training for lighting in this review, but there’s much more available on this subscription based service. That subscription […]

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Review: Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD

David Hobby brought lighting knowledge to thousands of people with his blog and his Lighting 101 course. The subsequent community that’s grown from comments on his blog and on the Strobist Flickr forum is also a fountain of knowledge covering lighting, gear, and perhaps a fetish for batteries. He’s able to get absolutely stunning images […]

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Review: OneLight Workshop DVD

At the end of yesterday’s post, I told you that this is the DVD to buy if you could only afford to buy one. That’s because this is the training material that I felt did the best job of presenting a complete guide to lighting and reinforced it with examples demonstrating the lessons. It was […]

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