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Essentials of Lighting

Today we welcome back photographer and guest contributor, Joseph Prezioso.  He has written many informative and inspirational articles including Inside a Photographer's Camera Bag, Why I Love the Pentax 645 System and Traveling and Film Photography.  His article today provides a photographer's input on the...

Using Colored Gels for Correction and Effect

Have you tried using colored gels on your external flash units before? There are two main reasons to use them- one is to color correct, the other is for effect. Left: A selection of gels. Right: A gel in use.If you were shooting colored film, you...

Tracing Hand Movements on Camera With Light

I've seen many different applications and techniques of light painting, as I'm sure you have as well, but when I stumbled upon this article from Popular Science from 1945, I thought it would be fun to use a similar (and simple!) technique to add motion...

Flashbulbs and Flashgun Styles

In between the old-fashioned flash powder and the electronic flashes we use today, flashbulbs were what was used in photography to produce artificial light. These bulbs were used between the 1930's and 1960's. From the 60's-70's, the flash bulbs evolved into Flashcubes, Magicubes, and Flash...

Photo Lampshades

I'm sure by this point you have seen lampshades made from slides (if not, there's one below), but we have gathered up some other neat ideas for making some DIY photography related lampshades (+ links to the tutorials)...

How To: Light This Image

Gear used: Nikon D3, Nikon 24-70 F2.8 lens, background and stand, tripod, 2- 4x8 sheets of black foamcore, 3 Dynalites, 1 Octabank, 2 Strip boxes. Settings used: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec., F13, ISO 200, 28mm, custom white balance.A Stripbox (below) is narrow softbox. This modifier...

How To: Light Graffiti

Spray painting with light is an alternative and creative approach to lighting an image. It is achieved with a camera, a tripod, a relatively long shutter speed, and a moveable light source. Any subject can be spray painted with light, but still-life...

Using Exposure Compensation

Last month we talked about understanding in-camera metering. We mentioned using exposure compensation, but wanted to expand on the topic by covering not only what it is, but explaining what it does and how to use it. ---------In a perfect world, anyone could take a picture...

Basic Flash Guide

There are so many different ways to use a flash, so today we're showing visuals for the less experienced readers in this area. Using a flash does not need to be a daunting task. Just like riding a bike, practice makes perfect. The best...

Understanding In-Camera Metering

One of the most challenging things to do in photography is to transition from being an amateur to an advanced amateur or a professional. Understanding in-camera metering helps to make this transition smoother. The following information will be given with a Digital SLR in mind...