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Painting with Light: A Crash Course in Studio Lighting

After a series of four intensive workshops on portrait studio lighting, I was asked the question what makes a good portrait? My first response was to cite a cliché about the look in the eyes, perhaps capturing an intangible moment between subject and photographer. 1,164 more words

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Portrait session with Aaron, Alexandria, Virginia. June, 2016.

Aaron has been a pal since we were kids – he may not remember this, but I used to watch him skateboard in summer rec and it motivated me to get my own setup – and I jumped at the opportunity to have him sit for a portrait at my photography studio in Alexander, Virginia.   101 more words

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Food Photography By Chef

I have been taking pictures of food for over a decade. I started by investigating camera settings and then slowly learned the process of photography. I have been fortunate to spend time with and learn from some very good photographers – and this has helped me immeasurably in understanding this craft. 538 more words

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Portrait session with a friend, Northern Virginia. June, 2016.

“Let your plans be dark and and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”  

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Practicing Studio Lighting with a Mannequin

Practicing Studio lighting with a Mannequin

The usage of studio lights is a complex craft that requires to choose among many variables. Those are for instance the direction, distance, softness, ratios, shapes, colors and numbers of light sources. 86 more words

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