Portrait Guide: Making the Most of a Room’s Corner and Studio Lighting

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Make the most of the space you have by following this studio lighting guide from Gavin Hoey.

Do you ever wish you had just a little bit more room in your studio or rented studio space to create more images? If you answered yes, you might want to check out this studio lighting guide from Gavin Hoey that shows you how to make the often unused corners of your studio an effective workspace with just one light source. Jump past the break to see how Gavin does it.

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How to Choose the Right Studio Lighting Modifier For You

Studio lighting is part of an element that can set you apart from many other photographers out there. Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with being a “Natural Light Photographer” as long as you really genuinely are one that’s experimented with and understands lighting–including shaping it. The amount of stuff that you can do with a photo when you start to take control of elements like adding your own lighting and creating your own scenes opens yourself to more potential with what’s possible.

We’re sure that you understand that though; so here’s how to figure out what light modifiers are right for you.

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A Fire Spitting Creator’s Laptop: Razer Blade Studio 15 2020 Review

The Razer Blade Studio 2020 will make an excellent alternative to Apple products for creatives who can stomach the price and the big elephant in its room.

We had some rather nice things to say about the Razer Blade Studio 15 in 2019 when we reviewed it, and we have some great things to say about the 2020 model as well. Razer has made some important changes to the computer both on top of and under the hood, which should make this laptop a dream for creators. Does the 2020 model warrant a price increase over last year’s model, and does the average photographer need this much raw power in their laps? Find out in our full review of the Razer Blade Studio 2020 laptop.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: A Super Easy Guide to Rembrandt Lighting

Rembrandt Lighting is a popular technique for portrait photography.

Chances are that if you’re really into portraiture, that you’ve studied work that includes Rembrandt lighting. This method is popular partially because it’s such a flattering lighting option. It’s known for the signature triangle that you see on the face because of the angle. And like all photography these days, it’s pretty much just about the angles. Luckily for you, it can be done with both natural light and off-camera lighting. We always prefer to control the lighting that we put in the scene. Today, we’ve got our own original cheat sheet for you, along with supplementary info.

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Mac vs PC: The 2020 Razer Blade 15 Studio Targets Photographers

Creative professionals will love the newly refreshed Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition, but does it still hold an advantage over Apple’s offerings?

Razer is introducing the 2020 refresh of its well-regarded Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop today. We found the previous generation Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition to be the most powerful mobile computing solution available on the market for creative professionals. In many ways, it was the Windows version of Apple’s MacBook Pro and packed significantly superior performance. Since then, Apple has closed that performance gap somewhat with its revamped 13″ MacBook Pro. Similar upgrades will surely make their way into the 16″ variant when they inevitably drop later this year. Is the 2020 Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition still the best laptop option for creatives? Let’s look at the numbers.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Get Started in Studio Portraiture

If you’ve been wondering about the equipment you need to set up your own studio, use this photography cheat sheet as your quick guide.

Decided on doing more portrait photography projects and now need the stuff to make it happen? If you already have a dedicated spot where you can set up your own studio, the next step is to get the necessary equipment. Since you most likely already have a camera or two, refer to today’s photography cheat sheet for the rest of the gear to get you started.

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New Elinchrom ELC 125, ELC 500 Studio Flashes are Smart and Affordable

The new, smart Elinchrom studio flashes can adapt to your shooting style and stay cool no matter what you’re doing.

One name that is synonymous with studio flashes and lighting gear is Elinchrom. For years, Elinchrom has been producing high-quality lighting, and their new offerings, the ELC 125 and the ELC 500, should be no different. These new studio flashes are smart, tough, adaptable, and surprisingly affordable. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Laptop Review: Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition (Photographers Rejoice!)

The Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition deserves serious consideration from photographers and creatives in search of a MacBook Pro alternative.

From a cursory glance, it’s easy to mistake the mercury white Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop for a MacBook Pro. The only real giveaway is the lack of a glowing apple on the Razer’s lid. Apple’s line of MacBook Pro laptops has been the go-to option for photographers and creatives for quite some time. But an increasing amount of this user base has been jumping ship to Windows alternatives in recent years. Apple’s general lack of innovation, disappointing price to performance ratio, as well as the company’s heavy-handed walled garden approach to hardware and software development are just some of the reasons cited by those making the exodus from Macs to Windows.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: The Best Camera Settings for Studio Portraits

Ever wanted to get into studio portrait photography but have no idea about the camera settings to use? Let today’s photography cheat sheet serve as your guide!

Studio portraiture is particularly interesting for many budding portrait photographers because of the level of control they can have over their final image. You can always set up your light the way you want, experiment with different lighting techniques, play with backdrops, and use any equipment you feel is necessary to the results you want to achieve.

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Adaptalux Expands with Xenon Flash Lighting Arms for Macro Photography

Macro photographers looking for next-level lighting solutions may want to check out the adaptable and modular Xenon Flash Lighting Arms by Adaptalux.

With both continuous light and flash being useful for stunning macro shots, the latest addition to the Adaptalux Studio promises to bring powerful features and adaptability to macro photographers. UK-based Adaptalux, which specializes in LED macro lighting solutions, has just introduced the Xenon Flash Lighting Arms via Kickstarter. This new contraption is designed to work in conjunction with their existing system, so if you’re an Adaptalux Studio user considering upgrading your current macro lighting setup, this is most likely the best time to do so.

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Cheap Photo: Save $600 on the Nikon Z7, Save on Lighting and More

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These trade-in camera deals from Nikon and Olympus won’t be around for long so make the most of them and save some mega money.

Nows the time to trade in that old camera of yours and can get something shiny and new. You can get a $600 instant rebate on the Nikon Z7 with a free FTZ adapter, which brings the price of it down to just $2,796.95, and you’ll get up to $200 extra in trade value. The Olympus OM-D E M1 MK II has come down in price to only $1,499, and you can also score an additional $300 in trade-in bonuses too! The Fujifilm X-H1 with grip is still just $999, and the Sony A7 II with kit lens and accessories is only $998. There are fantastic deals on lights like the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 with an accessory kit which you can nab for $329.95, and you can save $387 on a full Elinchrom to-go lighting kit too. Don’t miss out on 14,500 Photoshop actions for just $39 and over 2,500 overlays for only $29 either. Come on in to see all of the camera deals and a whole ton more. Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: Save up to $1,100 on These Profoto Lighting Bundles

These Profoto lighting deals will be gone in a flash, so hurry if you want to pick up some new gear on the cheap.

If you have been thinking about upgrading your current lights, or have been wanting to buy your first set of lights, this post is for you. Right now there are some deep discounts available on Profoto lights that you do not want to miss out on. You can pick up the excellent Profoto A1 for Canon or Nikon for only $755!  The Profoto B10 will give you pro studio quality light in a package that’s no bigger than a 70-200mm lens, and it’s just $1,595! You can save a whopping $1,105.01 on the outstanding Profoto B2 as well. A huge B2 lighting bundle is only $989.99. Check out all of the Profoto lighting deals after the break. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: 24 Essential Pro Lighting Setups

Want to level up your lighting setup for studio portraits? This photography cheat sheet is your handy guide to a bunch of essential pro lighting setups to master.

Lighting is one of the most important elements to master for studio portrait work, but it’s also quite challenging. Apart from setting the mood, feel, and emphasis of a portrait, it also opens photographers up to various creative techniques. If you’re serious about being a well-rounded portrait photographer, you’ll have to learn how to light at some point in your practice. It may seem daunting at first, but with resources like today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be working with essential pro lighting setups in no time!

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10 Lenses to Pair with the Sony a7r IV for Sensational Studio Shoots

The next Canon EOS R needs to crush the Sony A7R IV

If you’re going to ante up for the Sony a7r IV and you do a lot of studio shoots, you might want to consider using these incredible lenses.

The Sony a7r IV is going to be one powerful camera, and we’re sure many photographers will decide to splash the cash on the Full Frame Mirrorless beast once it hits stores later this year. If you’re a photographer who does a lot of studio shoots, and want to be able to get the best out of the 61 Megapixel sensor, you’re going to need lenses that can resolve a ton of detail. In this roundup, we take a look at 10 lenses perfect for studio shoots.

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Off-Camera Lighting: A Quick Look at Some of Our Fave Gear for Portraits

This off-camera lighting gear will dramatically improve your portrait photography.

There are two types of photographers in this world: natural light specialists, and off-camera lighting specialists. Both lighting styles are fantastic and can yield some incredible results. Today, we’re going to look at off-camera lighting gear that is not only powerful and easy to use, it’s also incredibly affordable. Join us after the break to see some of our favorite off-camera lighting products. Continue reading…

Simple Cheat Sheet for Lighting a Subject for Photo or Video

If you’re just getting started with studio work, this lighting cheat sheet will come in handy when you’re shooting a subject for portraits or videos.

New to shooting in the studio and wondering how to do the lighting? It’s definitely an important part of studio work, but all the equipment and lighting techniques could be intimidating to every beginner. However, with this simple cheat sheet we spotted from r/coolguides, you’ll be on your way to getting started with learning how to light.

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Comparison: Sigma’s Lenses for Studio Portraits (Here’s What We Found)

We already know that Sigma’s lenses are fantastic, but which one is best for portraiture?

Portrait photographers these days enjoy using a multitude of focal lengths, and Sigma’s lenses offer a whole lot for the portraiture photographer. The company has spent years revamping their lineup with their Art series lenses and these lenses often top the charts on many proper lab tests. But we know that photographers don’t use lenses to shoot charts or brick walls and so we took them into a studio with models and lights to figure out which ones we liked the most. Our opinions may surely vary from yours and any professional working photographer will always lean towards a telephoto focal length. While this test has a lot of implications for professional photographers, it will also apply to lots of us who shoot and don’t demand the most professional needs.

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These Environmental Portraits Put the Emphasis on Artist Studios

In this portrait project by Danny Santos II, we get to see how looking beyond our own creative fields can give us inspiration for photography projects.

At its core, the goal of portrait photography is to tell us something about the subject, their personality, their passions, and even a sense of mystery in their gaze. A portrait project of Singapore-based Danny Santos II gives us all of those and a little extra: we also get a glimpse of the creative spaces where his artist subjects make their masterpieces. We’ve reminded our fellow photographers not so long ago about the importance of having other hobbies and exploring other interests outside of photography; this series could give you an idea about which one to pick up!

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How to Set Up Beautiful Portrait Lighting at Home (and Practically Anywhere)

Thinking of doing some portrait practice at home? This lighting tutorial from Jake Hicks should help you assemble the right setup for the task.

Some portrait projects, personal or otherwise, will require you to shoot at home, which is why it’s important that you know how to set up your lighting, even when working outside the studio. With this quick video tutorial, you’ll be able to use a number of lighting techniques at home or any location other than the studio. In this quick video for LEE Filters, editorial fashion photographer Jake Hicks shows us some of the creative portrait lighting techniques that you can easily pull off even at home. You’ll most likely need to make some adjustments of course, and you probably won’t need to use everything in the tutorial, but we’re sure everything you’ll learn here will come in handy!

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Cheap Lighting Options to Develop Your Portrait Photography Style

Still getting the hang of lighting for your portrait photography? Here are some lighting options that don’t break the bank.

We’ve said it time and time again — working with light is one of the first things you have to learn as a photographer, especially when it comes to shooting portraits. Since we can’t stress it enough, we bring you yet another video tutorial with some helpful suggestions for cheap lighting options that you can practice with. Learning how to light your portrait photography projects also often means working with different kinds of lighting in the studio. We understand if you’re still totally new to it and still aren’t comfortable using (or investing in) pro studio lights. In the meantime, you can practice with some cheaper alternatives.

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