Category Archives: Lighting Techniques

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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Learn when, and how, to achieve Rembrandt lighting! If I said Rembrandt, what would you think of?  A really old painter?  Toothpaste?  Off camera lighting techniques?  If it’s the latter, you’re definitely a photographer and you’re in the right place.  Let’s talk about Rembrandt lighting…what it means, how to get it and when to use …

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Learn how and when to use flash modifiers to create dramatic and beautiful scenes! You’ve decided to incorporate flash into your workflow.  You may have even invested in some equipment and taken a few shots.  But when it comes to flash modifiers, you’re still pretty much in the dark.  What’s the difference between an octabox …

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Learn flash photography one step at a time by getting to know your flash first. Did the first time you pulled out your flash feel a bit like an awkward first date?  There the two of you sat, staring blankly at each other, not really sure about the next move.  You tried consulting the flash …

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Have you ever struggled with bad lights, leading to dark and grainy photos? You’re not the first person to grapple with this and you won’t be the last. Luckily there are a few ways you can improve. Which type of light is used in photography? There are two main types of lights in photography: natural …

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Want that dreamy glow?  Here are our tips and tricks for natural light photography! As photographers, we know that light is the most critical aspect of photography.  By why is light so important?  And how does it affect our images? First, we need to understand the basic concept of light in photography.  To take a picture, …

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Interested in how to use a ring light in your photography? We’re here to explain the use of ring lights and when they are beneficial! “Why don’t my beauty and fashion images look this good?” Many beginning photographers ask this question. Sometimes, an apparent lack of quality is caused by a missing piece of equipment …

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Worried about those clouds rolling in on a session? Don’t stress! Here’s how to use those clouds to your advantage! There appear to be rumors going around that clouds during a photo session are a terrible thing! Sure, you won’t often get that spectacular glow, or that amazingly killer sunburst on cloudy days, but we’re …

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The Basics Of Flash Photography: 3 Simple Tips ETTL. Manual Mode. 1/8th firing power. Bouncing the light. Sound familiar yet? Yes my friends, all of these terms are related to the use of flash in photography. More specifically, the proper use of flash. This is one of those subjects that doesn’t get talked about a …

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Have You Ever Found Yourself Wanting To Create Artistic Shots? Creating a mood in a photograph is about much more than just focusing and snapping shot, or picking the perfect background. Although these things are important, they are not the only ones that matter. For photographers to develop the right mood and add character to …

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Have You Ever Been Interested In Using A Ring Light? Every day you come across professional charismatic photographs. Do you ever wonder what techniques are used in taking such amazing, jaw-dropping pictures? The ring light is still a professional technique used by many fashion photographers and even if you have never seen one, you have …

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If you have ever had trouble with knowing how to shoot in direct sunlight, you are not alone.   As a new photographer, one of the best skills you can learn is how to shoot in direct sunlight. And it all starts with learning where to position your subject, and then determining which angle is …

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One of the most important factors in a good photo is lighting. You can have the perfect settings, great exposure, and even knockout composition, but if you don’t have good lighting, your image will fall flat. In this new series, Finding the Light, we are going to be talking about how to find and work …

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