Category Archives: Studio Lighting

The secrets to good portrait lighting…

Whenever I am starting a new portrait session, in studio or on location, I try my best to  answer the question burning in my brain at that very moment: "What is the very best I could do with my lighting, right here, right now. What would someone like Fuzzy do?"   And I give it…
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One light commercial photography…use the right lens!

We were hired to photograph some quick and easy menu items at a local restaurant in Costa Rica. I always try and keep it simple, low budget and fast. Most of these types of shoots are small biz, mom and pop operations. Here's what we did for the drinks being photographed. Now, remember, time is…
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Creative lighting with an old reflector and some duct tape

Friends in photography... Check it out. I took an old reflector, grabbed a pair of scissors (aghast!- hey, I have too many reflectors anyhow...besides this permanent damage was worth it....keep reading....) and cut a hole in the middle. Of course, I wouldn't want to ruin my image, reputation or brand by risking frayed edges and…
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Two quick and effective studio lighting videos….

I created these videos way back....that little girl, my daughter, is now 21! However, the techniques are timeless..... Creating classic lighting using only ONE light:  Classic LOW KEY lighting: You can tap into a goldmine of photography tips over at the worlds greatest online photography forum, NoBs PhotoSuccess if you really want to ramp up…
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How to get maximum results from one window light source…

 Weddings are a joy to photograph.... ABOVE: Here's a quick shot of my assistant and daughter Danielle, from a few weeks ago...(waiting for the bride) Soft flowing light loves to caress the curves and flow of feminine mystique.....our job is to make certain we use this light, this light that is one of our greatest…
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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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Secrets to working with window light…

by James Hodgins I think window light was the first light source most photographers used when creating their indoor portraits. It was free, easy to use, and in most cases a nice soft pleasing light source. With just one window, you can create a series of different portraits that are quick, unique and easy.  I…
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