Small Lights, Big Looks

If you don’t have the budget to buy or rent studio lighting gear, or you just prefer to travel light, can you still get studio-style results?

The good news is that you can. The equipment will not be as functionally convenient as gear designed specifically for the job. You’ll have to get a bit creative in terms of how you piece together and use parts that weren’t conceived for this purpose. In the end, light is light—it’s how you use it and how you modify the sources that really give lighting its “look.”

Editor's Note: This is a guest blogpost by Brian Dilg, Chair, New York Film Academy Photography School

Opening photo is Day Two Hundred Ninety-nine: Ninja Time [Explored] by Stormline via the B&H Photo Flickr Group

Still Lifes and Abstracts

We can find many subjects for abstract and still-life photography around the house. To capture them, we only need basic photographic gear, and imagination.

A still life is usually defined as an arrangement of inanimate objects. Our homes are full of them. We may find an existing arrangement of objects that we like, such as this vase of flowers.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blogpost from Don Peters

Exposure is a VERY Personal Thing!

It was a very long time ago, as I had just started my first class at Brooks: I was returning home from the Central Coast, where I'd spent the weekend with a new friend I had made in school. I was just 18 at the time, and as green as they come to the photographic community. It was a gorgeous spring day as we passed through the hills, carpeted in that gorgeous shade of spring green, and rolling on as far as the eye could scan. Just then my friend asked, "How would you expose for that?" referring to the green hills that I was lost in thought about. I was taken aback by his question, because I didn't know the answer.

Being the "hot shot" young kid at Brooks, it was assumed I'd know such things, and a lot more!

Editor's Note: This is a Guest Blog Post from Moose Petersen

Finding the Right Light for Landscape Photographs

Good landscape photographs usually have an interesting subject, a good composition and good light. Of those three ingredients, the right light may be the most elusive.

How do we find it? It requires thinking, persistence, and a willingness to get up early and stay out late.

Three Things Every Photographer Needs to Know About Electronic Flash

Someone recently asked for a “super basic lesson on flash” in, as they said, “one or two steps.”  When I say flash, I mean supplementary light that is being used when documenting people, places or things as they are presented to you. I am NOT talking about studio work, where you can control the light and the subject. I am talking about when the photographer has to react to the subject and the light as they are given.

Photography and Human Sight: How We See

 Why do certain photographs appeal to us so much while others do little to spark our interest? Sometimes it has to do with our emotional connection to the subject matter, but more often it has to do with human evolution and the way that we see.

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