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Lighting 103: When Not to Gel Your Flash

Abstract: Don't bother gelling a scene that is completely lit by a single flash. But if a second light is involved—even ambient light—it's always better to control color at the source. PIctured above is Midwest Camera President Moishe Appelbaum. He … Continue reading

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At Least Do This: Use a Warming Gel on Your Key Light

Abstract: Warming your flash will greatly improve skin tones. Which warming gel you use depends on your subject, the lighting environment, your camera's color palette and personal preference. I still remember the day I was introduced to warming gels. It … Continue reading

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Lighting 103: How to Gel Big Lights

Abstract: How to economically gel umbrellas, beauty dishes and soft boxes When using bigger lights (such as an Einstein e640, seen above) gelling gets a bit more complicated and expensive. Why? Big lights have protruding flash tubes and modeling lights, … Continue reading

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Join Me For a Drop-In Studio at GPP2017

Just a quick heads-up for anyone headed to Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai that I’ll be holding a drop-in studio session on the afternoon of Weds., Feb 15th. It’s not an official class, just something cool happening on the side. … Continue reading

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East Coast? Late March? Come to Reading, PA.

Hey folks, just a quick heads up that I will be teaching at the Dynamic Images Photo Conference in Reading, PA, on Saturday, March 25th. The conference is put on by the Berks Photographic Society, a rather large camera club … Continue reading

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Lighting 103: How to Safely Gel a Speedlight

Do you work mostly with speedlights? If so, congratulations. Gelling your lights is going to be quick, easy and cheap. The fresnel lens on your speedlight (where the light comes out) is only about 3-4 square inches. And that is … Continue reading

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Lighting 103: Introduction

Abstract: Our flashes are calibrated to produce white light. But in the real world, white light is a rarity. Sara Lando (your mollusk portraitist from Lighting 102) gives a thumbs up while spending a week assisting for photographer Gregory Heisler … Continue reading

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Act Fast: Free Lighting in Layers DVD Promo at Midwest

Quick heads-up on a great deal: Midwest Photo is giving away a free 7-DVD set of Lighting in Layers (more info on the DVDs, here) with every single Jumpstarter kit purchased, while supplies last. The Jumpstarter kits are already a … Continue reading

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Lighting 103 Starts in January

Are you busy in 2017? If not (or even if so!) we invite you to join Strobist's upcoming Lighting 103 course live, when it arrives in January. As with Lighting 101 and 102, L103 is completely free. There are some … Continue reading

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Strobist Location Workshops in 2017

Are you more the "learn by doing" type? As in, "Don't tell me, show me?" Then you may be interested in one of the 2017 Strobist location workshops that are already planned. Or perhaps you would like to know how … Continue reading

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On Assignment: Alley Cat

When Indian photographer (and Strobist reader) Nayan Khanolkar first graced the halls of Lighting 101 as a newb in 2010, he hardly could have known what just the next few years would have in store for him. Fast forward to … Continue reading

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Choosing Big Lights

If you shoot small lights long enough, you will run up against some limitations. You might be trying to light big areas, or trying to get a combo of soft light with a large working distance. Most likely, you might … Continue reading

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