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Homeschooling Photo Shoot!

Homeschooling Photo Shoot!

Learn more about lighting, helping kids get comfortable in front of the camera, and the incredible effect of focal length on your photos as James shares about a shoot he conducted with a homeschool family for a photo assignment.

Dealing With Low Light Situations

Dealing With Low Light Situations

Answering the question, "What steps do you typically take to address a low-light situation? Do you start by lowering shutter speed? Then f-stop? Then ISO? Anything else? In what order? Or what combination? And what amount of adjustment do you start with in each instance?"

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flash with umbrella

flash with umbrella

Does using a shoot through umbrella with a flash cut the power of the flash? I have a flash with a guide number of 58. So if I use the formula of distance=guide#/f-stop; I can use my 5.6 lens with the flash at 10.36 ft. Does using an umbrella change that any? What...

Lighting courses

Lighting courses

Hey, I'm really bad at lighting and I don't use any lights, reflectors, or anything but my camera for lighting so I struggle. Does anyone happen to know of any lighting courses?

Green Color Cast

Green Color Cast

I've been doing "fall school portraits" with my siblings. (The assignment came at just the right time!) We've been doing one person an evening at golden hour. But I've been having a problem with getting a green color cast. I set the white balance using my white...

Off-camera flash

Off-camera flash

I have shot a few events with low light, but have managed to make them work. My brother is getting married soon, and I would like to invest in an off camera flash. I have a Nikon camera. One photographer I know advised me to get the SB 900 or SB 800. She does a lot...

Speckled Lighting

Speckled Lighting

While I'm embarking on my "Flood The Lenspiration Forum With Questions Campaign Extravaganza" I thought I might as well put up a photo for critique as well. 😀 So, at my last Family Portrait shoot, there was this lovely path back to the back pasture that lent...

Patriotic family photos

Patriotic family photos

We had a family photo shoot on Saturday, and I’ve been working on editing the photos today. I’m having some difficulty with the quality, and I don’t quite know what else to do to improve it. I had to pretty severely underexpose when I was shooting the photo to...

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Lighting

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