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A Dual Use

This was an accidental discovery that adds versatility to your Chimera beauty dish--  and getting more use from the same piece of gear is always a welcome benefit.  The transition of the collapsible beauty dish is shown here on a DynaLite Baja monolight. The discovery...

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Soft Light and Dynamic Color

Colorful Flowers - Soft Indirect Lighting set. I learned this technique from a Nancy Brown book, Photographing People for Advertising. Nancy used this lighting to create intense color in a shot of people with colorful attire. I incorporated this technique...

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Light Masking

Light Masking or a tale of three maskings. Masking subjects for replacing the background can be very tedious.  As a photographer, you could leave that task for the graphic artist.  But if you, the photographer, supply the files with perfect clipping paths, you become...

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Cross Polarize

Cross Polarization of Plastic - Magic I learned this way back at the beginning of my career, from a very technical photographer and one of the original Harmonicats - (goes back to the old Ed Sullivan Show days - look them up!). This technique, I was told, is a way to...

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Repurpose HDR

HDR Re-Purposed Popular now, is the long exposures to smooth motion in water, clouds, etc. This is a good technique via tripod, heavy ND filter and very long exposures. An alternative to long exposures is taking multiple exposures using HDR (High Dynamic Range) and...

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QCC Quick Contrast

QCC -- Quick Contrast Control "How To Change the Contrast On Your Subject In Two-Seconds!" Here is a fast and efficient method of controlling contrast using a shoot through panel (this one is from Chimera). Our assignment is to shoot an environmental portrait in a...

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High Key Set

VARIATION -LIGHTING HIKEY SET This is my variation on lighting the background for high-key portraits. Most solutions I’ve seen others use to light the background, requires two lightbanks or strip lights. I eliminated these two modifiers and made the V-flats do both -...

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Hero Bike

Motorcycle Hero Shot - trade show displays This red Yamaha sport bike has an interesting look when viewed from an elevated high frontal position. It reminded me of a space alien with big eyes.  This motorcycle was mounted on a rolling platform.  The base of the...

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Location Light Table

As I look back at a past lighting/rigging solution, this topic covers a translucent subject (petri dishes) requiring light from below as well as from above.  Some used to call this "Hamburger Lighting". While shooting an annual report,  a topic on the shot list...

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Location Gadgets

Gadgets Gadgets Gadgets  Having the right tool at the right time doesn't always happen when on location.  There are the standard tools and then there are those hidden gems.  This is about the later. > Multi Tools - good to have anytime. > Small Dog Collars - I...

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A Dual Use

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Gear, Lighting | 1 comment

A Dual Use

This was an accidental discovery that adds versatility to your Chimera beauty dish–  and getting more use from the same piece of gear is always a welcome benefit.  The transition of the collapsible beauty dish is shown here on a DynaLite Baja monolight. The discovery happened during the disassembly of the beauty dish — when I removed 2 poles and then the opposing 2 poles, producing the strip configuration (photo #6). It ain’t pretty and that’s ok, it produces another shape of light that makes this a versatile tool....

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Soft Light and Dynamic Color

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Lighting, Mentor Series, Technique | 4 comments

Soft Light and Dynamic Color

Colorful Flowers – Soft Indirect Lighting set. I learned this technique from a Nancy Brown book, Photographing People for Advertising. Nancy used this lighting to create intense color in a shot of people with colorful attire. I incorporated this technique for my “food store flowers”, a perfect lighting technique for this subject. All light coming from behind the subject was blocked by the black formica behind the flowers and the V-flats around the set. The camera shot through the small slit opening in the V-flats. The...

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Light Masking

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in Lighting, Mentor Series, Technique | 1 comment

Light Masking

Light Masking or a tale of three maskings. Masking subjects for replacing the background can be very tedious.  As a photographer, you could leave that task for the graphic artist.  But if you, the photographer, supply the files with perfect clipping paths, you become a more valuable part of the creative team. The masking challenges: Subject 1-  stuffed animal with a feather – feather with delicate wisps. L to R:  The set up on glass lets light show through all around subject  —  Main exposure for subject  —  Background...

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Cross Polarize

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Lighting, Mentor Series, Technique | 0 comments

Cross Polarize

Cross Polarization of Plastic – Magic I learned this way back at the beginning of my career, from a very technical photographer and one of the original Harmonicats – (goes back to the old Ed Sullivan Show days – look them up!). This technique, I was told, is a way to check stress in plastic manufacturing. I adopted it as a creative tool. The set up is a gel polarizing filter on a light box or light source. Position the plastic subject between your camera and the light. Add the polarizer filter on your lens and rotate until...

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Repurpose HDR

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Mentor Series, Technique | 2 comments

Repurpose HDR

HDR Re-Purposed Popular now, is the long exposures to smooth motion in water, clouds, etc. This is a good technique via tripod, heavy ND filter and very long exposures. An alternative to long exposures is taking multiple exposures using HDR (High Dynamic Range) and processing into one image. The effect is not better nor worse – only a bit different. 1. Flag in Wing First, here’s to all those who serve, and have served our country. To create the multiple positions of the flag in the wind, the camera was set on a tripod and multiple...

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QCC Quick Contrast

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Lighting, Mentor Series, Technique | 0 comments

QCC Quick Contrast

QCC — Quick Contrast Control “How To Change the Contrast On Your Subject In Two-Seconds!” Here is a fast and efficient method of controlling contrast using a shoot through panel (this one is from Chimera). Our assignment is to shoot an environmental portrait in a work place.  We position a 42x42″ frame with a standard diffusion for a “shoot-through” main light. The subject is seated on the edge of a desk, a window view in the back ground and the panel frame in position for the key light plus another panel...

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High Key Set

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Fundamentals, Lighting, Technique | 6 comments

High Key Set

VARIATION -LIGHTING HIKEY SET This is my variation on lighting the background for high-key portraits. Most solutions I’ve seen others use to light the background, requires two lightbanks or strip lights. I eliminated these two modifiers and made the V-flats do both – light the background and control the “spill-around” light coming from the background. The V-flats I use are the Chimera Panel Frames with the elastic corners on the interchangeable fabrics. Each V-flat uses a Black/White and a Black/Silver panel. The diagram shows the...

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Hero Bike

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Location Solution, Mentor Series | 1 comment

Hero Bike

Motorcycle Hero Shot – trade show displays This red Yamaha sport bike has an interesting look when viewed from an elevated high frontal position. It reminded me of a space alien with big eyes.  This motorcycle was mounted on a rolling platform.  The base of the platform was covered with diamond plate steel which has a great texture and is a part of the automotive community. The first decision was to shoot from the high frontal angle and to include the diamond plate as the background.  The second thought process was about lighting the...

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Location Light Table

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Location Solution, Mentor Series | 0 comments

Location Light Table

As I look back at a past lighting/rigging solution, this topic covers a translucent subject (petri dishes) requiring light from below as well as from above.  Some used to call this “Hamburger Lighting”. While shooting an annual report,  a topic on the shot list centered around growing cultures in petri dishes.  Spreading two tables apart in a meeting room and suspending a lighting grid (from the overhead fluorescent fixture) between two tables , I then slid a Lightbank under to create the light needed to come through the...

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Location Gadgets

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Gear, Location Solution | 0 comments

Location Gadgets

Gadgets Gadgets Gadgets  Having the right tool at the right time doesn’t always happen when on location.  There are the standard tools and then there are those hidden gems.  This is about the later. > Multi Tools – good to have anytime. > Small Dog Collars – I use them to hold electronics up off wet floors. > Multi Clamps – holds small reflectors on set; with a black card, becomes a barn door. > Fun Tac and Gaffer Tape – I keep some fun tac in the center of a small roll of gaffer tape.  You’ll...

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