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Flash: Having Enough Power is Critical

When it comes to battery powered strobes and off camera flashes, power is a key consideration. I want the greatest amount of power in the smallest and lightest package possible and at the lowest cost. In addition, I want the greatest number of flashes per charge. My...

Land of the Walking Dead Part 2: Eye-Fi Pro X2

This is a three part blog series comparing the Canon WFT-E7, Eye-Fi Pro X2, and CamRanger wireless file transmitters. Click on the hyperlink to jump to the other reviews. The opening summary of these three products is repeated in each review. In my search for a...

Land of the Walking Dead Part 1: Canon WFT-E7

This is a three part blog series comparing the Canon WFT-E7, Eye-Fi Pro X2, and CamRanger wireless file transmitters. Click on the hyperlink to jump to the other reviews. The opening summary of these three products is repeated in each review. In my search for a...

Kata 3N1-35PL Camera/Laptop Backpack Passed Real World Testing!

  In my previous blog in which I compared three camera/laptop backpacks, I rated the Kata 3N1-35PL as the best for the purpose I intended based on how it packed. (Kata has since been purchased by Manfrotto. Although the color of the backpack has changed, the...

Three Camera/Laptop Backpacks for Travel: Kata, Tamrac and Pelican

If you are looking for a camera/laptop backpack that can hold a 15" laptop and camera equipment with features for travel, take a serious look at the Kata Pro Light 3N1 35. (Kata has since been purchased by Manfrotto. Although the color of the backpack has changed, the...

Attributes of a Top Model

Do you want to be a top model who is in demand? If so, what does it take to separate you from the rest of the crowd in a competitive industry? As a photographer, I believe these are some of the attributes of a top model that can bring you success: She is responsive to...

How to Backlight for Beautiful Images

Are you looking for a different way of shooting people when the sun may not be in the best position and shade is not available? If so, consider using the sun as a backlight for beautiful images. Why use the sun as a backlight? Here are a few reasons: 1. The problem of...

Capturing and Creating a Beautiful Sky in Your Images

I love a beautiful sky in an image to add color and drama. There is nothing quite like the deep blues and lavenders, angry storm clouds, or a setting sun to create the mood and setting to tell a story. The challenge we often run into is properly exposing the model or...

Three Best Camera Lenses to Have

I have quite a few lenses for my Canon EOS-5D Mark III. But because many of my shoots are on the road, space and weight are critical. This means I have to be selective in which lenses I bring with me. Over time, I have narrowed things down to what I think are three...

Retouching of Models: Why Photoshop is Often Needed

Recently there has been some public discussion about the unnecessary and damaging nature of the retouching of models in advertisements and other print media. The practice is depicted as creating an unrealistic ideal, a fantasy that is impossible to achieve, and...

Creating a Photoshop Composite for Fashion

I had the great opportunity to shoot two of the couture pieces from the Velvet Society Club Circus Collection designed by Megan Pippenger who is a senior at the O'More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee.  I saw this dress during O'More's annual fashion show and...

Traveling and Shooting with an 11″ Lumodi Beauty Dish

  I shoot a lot on location and take my gear with me on vacations. This means I need equipment that is portable and as light as possible to stay under the airline baggage weight limits. One item I love to shoot with is the beauty dish. But how does one travel...

Three Steps to a Successful Shoot

Plan with the vision in mind. The first step in the creative process is to clearly understand the vision you want to accomplish. Locations, clothing, props, make up artists, hair stylists, and all other details are chosen to meet those parameters. Shoot. Canon full...

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