Ivan Tsupka’s Portrait Lighting Experiments with On-Camera Flash

All images by Ivan Tsupka. Used with permission.

We’ve previously featured the experimental portraits of Ivan Tsupka; and something I’ve always loved about Ivan’s work is his openness to be very experimental with the work and concepts. So recently, he pitched his Flashing Lights series to us and showed in an email a lot of what’s possible when working with models, a flashy dress, and moving lights.

Here’s what Ivan did in his own words.

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Lomography’s New Disposable Cameras Are Pretty Adorable

Lomography has some really cool and fun options now available for purchase: disposable cameras. The new Lomography disposable cameras have been tailored and designed more for ease of use than anything else. Additionally, they’re a lot like so many others too in that they strive to get everything in focus, use flash, and also use 35mm film. The disposable cameras are available in a three pack set.

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Making the Most of the Fujifilm X Series System for Portraiture

Arguably, Fujifilm’s camera system is one that delivers images and an experience closest to old school film–which means it’s more than adequate for shooting portraits. In fact, it’s one of the most popular subject matters to shoot amongst the Fujifilm X series community of photographers. With a variety of lenses, film emulsion simulations, and cameras at your disposal, it’s incredibly simple to take a great portrait. What the system is surely missing though is a great third party flash solution.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best things about the system for portrait photographers.

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Review: Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film (35mm Format)

To begin this review, I’m going to say flat out that Lomography XPro Slide 200 film has to, hands down, be the weirdest film I’ve ever worked with. But it’s also been a pleasure and a very fulfilling learning experience in my own pursuits of bettering my photography knowledge. To say this wasn’t a challenge is an extreme understatement. Within three rolls, I tried to “get it right”. Pretty simple you’d think, right? Well, yeah–even I’d sit there and call me a dumbass. Except that Lomography XPro Slide 200 film isn’t a conventional film at all.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Shooting Photos With a Flash and Gels

If you’ve been a strobist for a while, you’ve probably considered working with gels in some way or another. Gels are little pieces of plastic that go onto the front of your camera flash or strobe and add some sort of extra color to the output. They’re used very creatively to give a bit more pizzaz to a photo. Lots of photographers use them once they learn to understand how they work–and many of them tend to use them with multiple flashes to get unique looks that can’t really be made any other way.

So if you want to work with gels, here’s how.

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Using a Single Speedlight to Make a Stick of Old Spice Look Interesting

Screenshot taken from the video.

For every photographer who has ever been afraid of flash photography, we’ve got a special treat for you. Photographer Dustin Dolby created a fantastic video on how he used a single speedlight to create a magazine quality photo of Old Spice. In the video, he takes viewers through his mistakes just to see what the light does to each scene. Dustin moves the light from one place to another, uses a softbox, adds reflectors, etc. He successfully shows off what lighting in the right place can do for a photo.

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How to Save a Poor Exposure In Capture One 10 Using Advanced Methods

If you’re like me, then you’re one of the many photographers who has recently jumped ship from Adobe Lightroom to Capture One for its improved (yet albeit advanced) workflow. Indeed, working with Capture One is a different process and requires you to think in a more complex, sectioned way when editing images. What worked for you in Lightroom won’t necessarily work for you in Capture One 10. If anything, think about it as going from aperture priority on your camera to manual mode. But like, full, full manual.

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph a Thai kickboxer and decided to try something a bit different by gelling a flash with red to give him more of a neon look and have him stand out more from the background. So here’s how I saved the image.

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Review: Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

One of the lenses that the Sony FE system has been lacking for a while is a proper 135mm lens offering; but today Zeiss is solving that with the Zeiss 135mm f2.8 Batis offering. Like many of the other Batis lenses out there, it’s a lens that is characterized with an almost clinically smooth body, weather sealing and the company’s very unconventional LCD info screen on top of the lens. It’s truly designed from the ground up for digital. Being a 135mm focal length, it’s going to surely find itself in the hands of portrait and headshot photographers who shoot with Sony cameras. In fact, along with the Sony 85mm f1.8 and G Master lens offerings, I consider the 135mm f2.8 to be a nearly perfect portrait lens offering.

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