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Bad Light? Not for Portraits…

September 3, 2010

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Bad Light? Not for Portraits…

Overcast skies may be bad for landscape photography, but they are great for shooting portraits. When shooting under cloudy skies you’ve got a giant overhead softbox to work with. This creates soft light that wraps around your subject and makes it easy to capture a proper exposure without blown highlights or harsh shadows. This soft […]

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Hope You Can Grab a Free Redeem Code for Light It!

September 1, 2010

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Hope  You Can Grab a Free Redeem Code for Light It!

Hey Gang To celebrate my fifth app, Light It!, I am giving away five free redeem codes. Hope you can grab one. They go fast! 4E4Y3A346JE7 73NLPHNNTAH7 4HA7YYXFYJEN XNL4HRW7AWYA EX66YWHF7XFY Note: To redeem a code, go to the home screen of the App Store and click “Redeem” in the upper right hand corner. Enter your […]

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Shooting on a Workshop? Speak up, please!

August 31, 2010

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Shooting on a Workshop? Speak up, please!

Photographs © Rick Sammon Juan Pons and I were recently acting as assistants on the sunset hula shoot at the Maui Photo Festival. Great fun! Great dancers! Great light. As usual, something interesting happened. After Juan and I set up the reflectors and diffusers to control the harsh light, I ask the crowd of maybe […]

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Aloha From Maui

August 29, 2010

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Aloha From Maui

Hi All – Juan Pons, Eddie Tapp, Judy Host, Randy Jay Braun, Lou Freeman and yours truly  (all DPE gang members) were honored to be presenters at this week’s 2010 Maui Photo Festival & Workshop. Here are two of my favorite shots, taken at the golden hour “Hula Dancer” shoot on the beach, which was […]

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DPE Atlanta Workshop Photos/Tips: Part I

August 16, 2010

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DPE Atlanta Workshop Photos/Tips: Part I

Photographs © Rick Sammon Our first DPE Altanta workshop was a blast. Rob Knight and I enjoyed working with the 20 talented students. We covered Lightroom, lighting, HDR and travel photography. What fun! Each day this week I will try to post a picture/tip from the workshop. So stay tuned! The exercise in the above […]

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It Never Hurts to Ask

July 22, 2010

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It Never Hurts to Ask

This just in: a guest post from one of our PhotoFest Japan attendees, Eric Armstrong. Thanks Eric for sending  us the nice article – and the great photos! Take it away! Recently I had the distinct pleasure of attending PhotoFest Japan 2010 in the Akihabara “Electric Town” District of Tokyo, Japan. Rick Sammon was one […]

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Jump Into Creative Outdoor Lighting

July 18, 2010

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Jump Into Creative Outdoor Lighting

Here’s the first installment in a series I plan to post on quick lighting tips. Let us know if you want to see more stuff on lighting –  indoors and out. These pictures were taken by Vered Koshlano, the co-author of my book, Studio and On-Location Lighting Secrets. In the top photograph, a remote flash, […]

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One Photo, One Dozen Photography Tips

May 27, 2010

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One Photo, One Dozen Photography Tips

Here are some quick tips for portrait shooters. Enjoy! Make a photograph — don’t simply take one. Work with the subject, props, posing and lighting to create a unique image. The name of the game is to fill the frame. In other words, crop out the boring stuff in a scene so that the viewer’s […]

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Studio Lighting Made Easy

April 14, 2010

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Studio Lighting Made Easy

To a beginner, Studio Lighting is often looked at as difficult and unapproachable; when in fact it is quite easy. To make it easier to understand, I am going to break it down to its basic components. Luckily for us we have a great starting point in which to begin learning; lighting patterns. There are […]

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Chit-Chat to Your Subject

February 26, 2010

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Chit-Chat to Your Subject

It is important to strike up an on-going chit-chat with any person you are photographing. Talk about anything. Laugh; give directions; ask questions. I even talk to myself out loud, just so that the pressure is taken off of my subject. I’ll say things like, “Dang! Try to focus the stinkin’ camera next time Randy!” […]

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