• Flash Equipment
    Radio Triggers for All! Take Creative Control of Your LightingBen lucas radio triggers thumbnail
    If you're just starting out with flash photography and you want to up your game, the fastest and easiest way to improve your lighting is to move your flash unit off of your camera. There are really only ways to do this: cords, optical sync units (also called slaves, peanuts, or magic eyes), or radio trigger. Radio triggers are the best, most flexible option. In this article you’ll learn everything you need to know about them, if they're right for you, and how to get started using them.Read More…
  • DIY
    Essential Supplies for Photo and Video Gear Hacking Essential hacking thumbnail
    Gear hacking and quick fixes are an essential skill for photographers and videographers. In this article, we cover basic and not-so-basic equipment for the resourceful hackerRead More…
  • News
    New Course: Intermediate Flash PhotographyFlash
    In our latest Photography course, you’ll learn how to use multiple flashes in your images and take beautiful images in all kinds of conditions.Read More…
  • Lighting
    How to Bounce On-Camera Flash for Better Portraits Bounce flash
    On Camera flash isn't ideal, but sometimes you just have to make do with the flash you have. Here are some tips to help bounce your on-camera flash for better portraits in a pinch.Read More…
  • Shooting
    Shooting Portraiture at Night: A Practical TaleNightshooting robtaylor new prelg
    I love night shooting and night photography. I think it's the ambience that comes from a dark blue environment dotted with yellow-orange lighting. It's like a natural cyan-orange split tone on the world, every night. All the lights, and the flare associated with them, lends the whole thing a very cinematic feel. The dark inspires our imaginations and adds mood to any shot. I'm going to try to use these feelings to shoot a portrait at night on location.Read More…
  • Lighting
    Three Different Portraits Shot with Three LightsThreelights1 preview retina
    Wondering why you should add more lights when you like the images you get with one or two? Are you trying to figure out if you can justify the expense of more lights? In this article, I should hopefully be able to help you with those questions; I'm going over three of my shots, shot with three lights.Read More…
  • Lighting
    High Key? Low Key? An Introduction to Lighting RatiosLowkeyhighkey rt prelg
    Getting to grips with artificial lighting seems to be quite the headache for many photographers. What I found aided more rapid improvement was gaining a better understanding of lighting positions and ratios. In this article, I'm going to be addressing the latter (though it does involve a little of the former, as they can interact).Read More…
  • Speedlights
    How to Use the Gary Fong LightsphereLightsphere sone pw fit prelg
    Getting nice, flattering light quickly is a huge challenge to wedding and event photographers. For years a bounce card or a small Stofen diffuser was pretty much the only option. Then Gary Fong invented the Lightsphere and made flattering, on-camera flash more accessible to the photographers in the fast-paced wedding world. Here I'll be taking you on a guided tour of the Lightsphere Collapsible.Read More…
  • Shooting
    How to Shoot Pizza So It Looks Good Instead of GrossPizzazach07 prelg
    It's often said that the best photographs evoke emotion. If this is the case, what could possibly make me more emotional than an image of a pizza that's been lovingly handcrafted to mouthwatering perfection? Unfortunately, I found out the answer to this question first hand when I was hired by a local pizzeria. To my heartbreak, I was getting paid to photograph it, not to eat it.Read More…
  • Speedlights
    Build Your Own DIY RingflashMacroringflash preview retina
    Ringflash has a wonderful, unique look to it, whether they are macro or shoot-through portrait ringlights. You get a crisp, dimensional, almost hyper-real appearance which looks quite stunning when combined with backlighting or depth-of-field effects. They are, however, rather expensive specialist items and if you don't know whether it's worth the investment, what do you do? My solution is DIY.Read More…
  • Lighting
    How to Photograph JewelryPreview400 jewels ja
    You might not be invited to shoot jewelry for Christie’s catalogs, but taking pictures of your own jewelry can be a of fun, and a lesson about the way light works. Today, we'll walk you through the entire process.Read More…
  • Shooting
    Shooting a Bounty Hunter-Inspired Fashion PortraitBountypreviewlg
    The American film, Domino starring Keira Knightley, was about a female bounty hunter whose good looks took a backseat to her martial arts skills and the tough treatment of the criminals she hunted. This film and some other current pop culture touchstones inspired this portrait shoot.Read More…