Category Archives: Lighting Techniques

Photographers like to talk about golden hour photography and the beautiful, glowy light they find right before sunset or after sunrise.  Golden hour is amazing.  But for my money, you can’t beat blue hour photography for some peaceful, serene images.  Don’t be so hasty packing up your gear after the sun has set.  Stay a …

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Photography is an expensive hobby or career. When you’re just starting, this can be a problem for some photographers because they don’t have the extra money to put into purchasing necessary equipment, like lighting devices. However, we’re here to save the day with fifteen DIY photography lighting hacks.  When you start getting into photography, you …

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Low key photography can produce some impactful photos, but taking a great image requires special techniques and composition skills. Here’s what you should know to take your low key photography to the next level. Understanding Low Key Photography This type of photography is a picture-taking style that heavily features dark tones and colors. It may …

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High key images use highlighting to eliminate shadows and dark tones. These images are appropriate for upbeat photos. You can use this method when photographing any subject, but the results depend on the composition and the way you want the viewer to perceive the photograph.  What Makes an Image High Key? High key photos are …

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Golden hour backlight, my lighting soul mate. It’s warm, rich & soft. Dimensional, glowing… downright dreamy. It can be a tricky technique, and it certainly hasn’t been my favorite. When I first started, the photos came out blurry, hazy, and overexposed. This may be what you are experiencing when you try it too. Hang in …

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Let’s talk about artificial lighting. More specifically, let’s talk about continuous lighting vs. flash and learn which is the right choice for you! Do you ever feel like learning photography is just one great debate after another?  Canon vs. Nikon! IPS vs. digital sales.  Wix vs. WordPress.  Well, we’ve got another head-to-head matchup for you …

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Using a rim light allows you to capture dramatic and mysterious photos. The technique is straighforward, and it’s a great introduction to working with lighting effects if you’re a novice photographer. Here is what you need to know about using this type of lighting effect to capture unique photos. What’s a Rim Light? Rim light …

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Using TTL flash but disappointed with the results? Check out our beginner’s guide on TTL…how to use it and how to make it work better for you! Learning flash is one of the hardest skills in photography for many people. Between all the gear and the lighting and terminology, it feels really intimidating and complicated. …

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Grab your flash and head outside. We’ll show you how to use fill flash outdoors! You’re shooting outside in great lighting conditions. So why in the world would you want to add flash? It’s all about filling in the shadows and balancing your ambient light with the exposure on your subject. Today we’ll learn how …

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Ever wondered how to light a group photo using flash? It’s easier than you think! Lighting a large group with flash is a pretty common scenario. You might need to light a wedding party, a group of award recipients, a pee-wee basketball team or just a bunch of friends at a party. And if you’re …

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Get started understanding flash triggers and receivers and up your off-camera flash game! Flash photography feels really intimidating at first. There are all these different settings and terminology. Taking your flash off-camera and shooting wirelessly? That seems even more overwhelming! Triggers, receivers, signals, groups…just argh! I know plenty of photographers who quit even trying to …

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Learn why photographers love open shade for soft, flattering portraits! Find open shade they said. It makes for better portraits they said. At least that’s what photographers will tell you right after they tell you to shoot during golden hour. And open shade does make for better images. But what the heck is “open shade” …

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Loop lighting is an easy lighting pattern to master and implement Off camera flash doesn’t have to be hard.  Begin by understanding how to expose for your subject, then move on to mastering lighting patterns.  Once you know the basic lighting patterns, like loop lighting, you can start to use your knowledge of them to …

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Have you ever been frustrated to find lens flares in your photo? Maybe it’s covering your subject’s face, or distracting from your image’s aesthetic. The good news is you can prevent this! You are in control of your camera, so you control if your image shows a lens flare. The lens flares don’t control you! …

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Have you ever wondered how photographers get those gorgeous glowing outdoor portraits of their clients? You know – the ones that evoke thoughts of happy days and lazy summer evenings, using only backlight photography.  After diffused light aka cloudy days, backlight photography is one of an outdoor photographer’s best kinds of lighting. Soon you’ll know …

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Make Your Portraits Soar with Butterfly Lighting! Using flash in portraits doesn’t have to be scary or complicated.  Today, we’ll talk about one of the simplest, and happiest sounding lighting patterns, butterfly lighting.  With one light and a reflector, you’ll be on your way to shooting off-camera flash with confidence.  Learn why it’s called butterfly …

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