Category Archives: Outdoor Lighting

Crappy light, great portraits.

Crappy light, great portraits.... I love a lighting challenge. When photographing families I plan well, and have a location picked out, and time of day. BUT, many times these are not available to us.....so we have to shoot with what we got and with when. This happens with weddings quite a bit since the times…
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The Best of noBs photosuccess…November 2014

Every week, on Fridays, I create a Wrap Up of the best posts from that week....a "Best Of" so to speak....for the members of noBs photosuccessI you're a member, you can click on any link for instant access (make sure you're logged in). For everyone else, look at what our members have access to each…
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When sh*t hits the fan and your strobes are burning out…..

Ok, I'm off to shoot one of several local high school proms, again, 3 years in a row. Always make great coin. Love being around the kids, and they love my style. The big pain at this one event has always been that it was at the Hellenic centre. A nice hall, but small, cramped,…
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Fast, easy, super cool off camera flash strategies….

Finally! Summer is here. And so are the mosquitoes and outdoor portrait sessions. Yesterday I photographed these two sisters who's mom has been bringing to me since they were babies. And she drives two hours one way each time. That's loyalty. Just behind my office are some cool trails and a slow moving creek. Since…
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Lighting tips in studio and outside….

Just a quick over view on some basic lighting scenarios and how I typically handle em....One in studio and two outdoors....Check it out....: I've photographed so many children over the years, mainly because of my marketing efforts such as the Kreative Kids Klub, Babies First Year Wall panel and, well, I love kids (I happen…
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Creative studio photography using photoshop

The end of summer marks the beginning of studio portrait season for our studio. When the weather get's below zero, the leaves have all hit the ground and our city is covered with the white stuff some clients just don't want to brave the outdoors. Luckily we can bring the outdoors to them with some…
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The secret to creating family portraits that sell…

It was exactly two years ago almost to the day that I photographed this family.... Yes, mid November. Lucky there wasn't a foot of snow, which is very likely in these parts. Cold out, yes. But not too cold.... Babies and young kids. What was grandma thinking? I knew this portrait session may not work…
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Studio Power On-Location with the Vagabond Mini

Years ago I bought a portable battery pack that allowed me to bring 120 volt power with me anytime, anywhere. Only if I was willing to lug it around that is. You see, it weighed a ton. It was called the Vagabond from Paul C. Buff, the same company that manufactures Alien Bees and White…
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