Monthly Archives: February 2012

Using the Histogram to Ensure Proper Skin Tone

In this post I will demonstrate how to check for proper skin exposure both in-camera and in Photoshop using the built in histogram tool. I used to get faked out by the LCD screen on my 5D all the time. Everything would … Continue reading

Posted in exposure, information, lessons learned, off-camera-flash, photoshop

Gear Talk: What to buy when you’re just starting out with off-camera-lighting

As the organizer of a local off camera lighting group, the question I get asked the most is, “What equipment should I buy to get started with off-camera-lighting?”. And like most things, the answer to that is, “It depends.”. The factors to … Continue reading

Posted in gear, information, lessons learned, off-camera-flash, pocket wizard

Extend the range and power of your lights for free

Whether you’re using giant Profoto’s or small speedlite’s , you can get a lot more out of them if you plan ahead. Consider this shot — (larger image): If you’ve ever used small flashes to light your subject in bright outdoor conditions, … Continue reading

Posted in off-camera-flash, photoshop, portrait photography

Using the sun as a rim/accent light.

One of the best things about doing portrait photography outdoors is that you can incorporate sunlight into your lighting setup. For example, in the following shot you can see that I’m using the sun as an accent light: I just … Continue reading

Posted in ambient light, off-camera-flash, portrait photography

Vallejo Portrait Session w/Lindsay

Photography is not a crime  I thought I would start my first “real” post off with some shots I took a few days ago with Lindsay. I chose Mare Island in Vallejo California as my location – In retrospect, I’m … Continue reading

Posted in gear, off-camera-flash, portrait photography

And it begins.

Welcome to my humble photography blog! The goal of this blog is to improve my main photography site’s S.E.O  share my hard earned photography knowledge and start a conversation about people photography, lighting techniques, gear and lessons learned. Up to now, photography has been … Continue reading

Posted in information