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The Amateur Photographer's Intro to Portrait Lighting and Lenses

Many people want to get started in home portraiture, but don't know where to begin. Besides studying composition, lenses, and posing, one must acquire a working knowledge of the basics of lighting. The first thing to realize is that not every photo can be shot using only natural light. For those of you that are scared of using external lighting, here is a quick introductory guide to help remove some of those fears.

Photo by isayx3

Tools of the Trade: B&H EDU Dept Goes to NYFA

When I was a communications student back in college, the first thing I said when my professor put professional gear in front of me was, "Oooooooo, toys!" That is how many students at the New York Film Academy reacted recently when the B&H EDU Advantage Team visited to show the future filmmakers some tools of the trade.


Enhancing the Illusion of Depth

Photographs have no depth. They're two-dimensional facsimiles of a three-dimensional world.

But photographers, like magicians, deal in illusion. If we understand what creates the illusion of depth in a photograph and how to enhance that illusion, we can make our images more believable.

Printing with Lightroom – Part 4, by Seth Resnick of D65

This is part 4 in a series on printing from LIghtroom by Seth Resnick of D65. Lightroom printing is really a dream and much easier than printing from Photoshop. Today is the last in the series and  covers The Print Job Panel, Draft Mode Printing,Print Resolution, Print Sharpening, 16-bit Output, Color Management, Managed By Printer, Rendering Intents and The Print Button.

Printing with Lightroom – Part I, by Seth Resnick of D65

Lightroom really makes printing a breeze, with many features for all your printing needs. You can place multiple-size images on a single page, and have multiple pages of multiple-picture layouts. You can even use draft-mode printing, which renders from the Previews. This is even more amazing, because you can select a group of images, print them as a PDF, and accomplish the task in seconds. 




How Do You Inspire Yourself?

Finding inspiration can be very tough at times. Also, we all inevitably hit a slump once in a while. How do we stay inspired? Here are some tips from many famous professional photographers on how they keep that inspiration going. For even more ideas, you can take a look at how some famous photographers became interested in photography, pre-shooting rituals, and a couple of fun projects.

Mastering the HDR Landscape

Landscape photographers often find themselves in challenging light. If you're at all experienced with shooting landscapes, then you know that the best light happens in the hour or so right around sunrise and sunset. The so-called "golden hour" is when we get nice, warm light and excellent opportunities for side-lighting to bring out the texture in terrain. If you shoot right around sunrise and sunset, though, you'll also get the problem of too much dynamic range.



Monolights 101

We love monolights. They imitate natural illumination beautifully. If you have yet to read our previous features on the Bare Tube Flash Head and Flash Power Packs, now is a good time to do so. Those stories complete the foundational learning about AC flash that you’ll appreciate.

David Brommer on Composition

David Brommer, manager of the B&H Event Space, has contributed to a recently published book entitled, "Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots." I recently had the opportunity to talk with David about the chapter he wrote, and he provided me with some interesting and thought-provoking insights.




Wildlife, Pets & People–Keep Those Eyes Sharp!

There's nothing that ruins an otherwise great image faster than a subject with eyes that are not sharp. By following a few simple guidelines, you'll be well on your way to avoiding this pitfall.

 

 

 

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