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    How to Rock Your High-Energy Senior ShootsBenlucas energy 03 pre
    Do you remember high school? How did you act around adults? Were you confident in how you looked and dressed? If you can think back to that time in your life, you may begin realize why shooting senior portraits is a challenge.Read More…
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    Creating a Magic Photo with a Magician and Playing CardsBen lucas magician 18 prenew
    In this tutorial, I'm going to show you to create the seemingly impossible. I jammed as much chaos as possible into a single photo to create a visual feat fit for a magician. We'll look at the decision making process, the lighting, and the retouching that went into creating a final image.Read More…
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    Create a Surreal Miniature Portrait: The ShootNewpre natc
    In this tutorial, you will be learning how to create a surrealistic portrait with extreme proportions. I'll run you through how to setup and capture the images you need to create this kind of photo, so you can then apply this knowledge for your own creations!Read More…
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    Making Photos That Look Like They Were Shot at NightShootnightday ck tut fin pre
    Creating a photo that looks like it was shot at night can be difficult. In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look a creating some images that appear as they were made at night, but were actually shot outside during the day. The principles you learn here can be applied in the studio or even when shooting outside at night to make a more convincing, but still well lit, image.Read More…
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    Creating Lit Portraits During The DayDaytimeflash prelg
    Creating lit portraits during the day isn't easy because of limitations on aperture, sync speed and flash power. However, it's an interesting look that can't always be accomplished with natural light and a reflector alone. I always feel that it looks very editorial. Adding this skill to your bag of tricks will not only make your location portraits look better, but may also improve your speed and capabilities in the studio.Read More…
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    Using Flashes to Create Light That Looks NaturalNaturalck prelg
    Back in college, I was taught there were two ways to light a subject with strobes or flashes. You can make the light part of the story of the image, showing how interesting and dynamic it is. On the other hand, you can blend your lighting in and make it appear completely natural. Both tactics are challenging to do well, but after following this tutorial, you should have a better handle on recreating natural light with flashes.Read More…
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    Smoke and Mirrors: Boosting Your Strobe Count on the CheapStrobecount rt prelg
    Not all that long ago, I was in the unenviable position of having only a camera, lens and flash. While the popularity of one-light tutorials and DVDs demonstrates that it's entirely possible to achieve excellent results with this limitation, what happens when you want to move on to more complex looks as your skills progress?Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Choosing Ambient Lighting for Your WorkspacesStudiolight prelgb
    Lighting is important for actual image making itself, but what about the rest of the process? For the final images to look right, all the pieces of the process must be tailored to match what the camera's seeing. I'm going to look at various aspects of the end-to-end process and illustrate why the lighting of each part is important to pay attention to throughout the sequence.Read More…
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    Creating a Simple and Fun Holiday PortraitHolidaylightportraitprelg
    In this tutorial, we are going to take a look on how to shoot some nice, easy holiday portraits. Our materials will cost less than $30, and you won't need anything more than a camera and a lens. However, these pictures won't be simple snapshots. We'll be mixing a variety of continuous light sources to create a polished and interesting image.Read More…
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    3 Great Ways to Utilize a Light CubeLightcubetut de prelg
    It’s common to think of a light cube (also known as a light tent or photo cube), as simply a tool for shooting products to sell for eBay. Many light cubes come packaged with complete "studios," suggesting they might only be helpful to amateurs. However, light cubes can be an essential piece of kit used to produce a wide variety of looks.Read More…
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    Three Shots, Three Lights: Bare Bulbs EditionThreelight bare prelg
    Time for another round of three shots, three lights! This time, I'm not just looking at three lights in general, but specifically what's achievable with only three lights, with no expensive modifiers that interfere with the light path.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Like the Beauty Dish Look? Try This Softbox Trick!Beautydishtry preview retina
    If you're wondering about stepping your portraiture game up with a beauty dish, but not sure if the investment is worth it to you yet, I've come up with a little ten-minute trick to try out the style of a beauty dish's light for a couple dollars.Read More…
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