boudoir photography: tips on posing & dealing with mixed lighting

boudoir photography: dealing with mixed light - daylight & incandescent

Boudoir photo sessions can be nerve-wracking - not just for your subject or client who undoutably feels vulnerable, but also for you as the photographer. You have to juggle speed in shooting, with meticulous posing and (hopefully) impeccable lighting .... and still keep the flow of the shoot  Read more inside...

After Dark Photography Education – St Louis, MO – 2014

After Dark Photography Education - St Louis - 2014

After Dark is one of the very best experiences to learn more about photography, whether technique or business or to be inspired. Not quite a convention, it's more of a slightly-anarchic experience. It's hard to describe really, but ask anyone who has attended, and they will all rave about it, myself included. The  Read more inside...

wedding photography – using video light for macro detail photos

wedding photography - using video light for macro detail photographs

With the details photos of the wedding rings, I generally resort to on-camera bounce flash for enough light ... and for interesting light. Sometimes though, I mix it up by using video light instead. Here I used the Litepanels Croma LED video light (vendor). The need for smaller apertures  Read more inside...

use light & lighting to add impact to your photos

use light & lighting to add dramatic impact to your portraits

Simplifying your composition is generally a really good way to add impact to your photos - remove visual clutter, and draw the viewer's eye to what's essential. But there's a converse challenge to this - when you have a location that isn't necessarily that interesting , how do you add more impact? Light  Read more inside...

photo homage: a regal portrait with a ferret

photography: the progression of an idea - Regal Portrait with a Ferret

While on a trip to Denver, I had some time free to meet up with my friend, Lynn Clark, one of the best boudoir photographers in Denver. I had asked her to be a subject for my next book, 60 Portraits, and she indulged me. I want each portrait to reveal something of the person I am photographing, and  Read more inside...

video light for the romantic portraits of the bride & groom

using video light for romantic portraits of the bride & groom

One of my favorite photos of the day. Why can't wedding portraits of the bride and groom be a little bit sexy? When I went back to the bridal suite during a quieter moment in the wedding reception to fetch some gear I had left there earlier, I had this thought that mmmm, yes! romantic portraits of  Read more inside...

lighting a vintage styled boudoir photo session (model: Olena)

lighting a vintage styled boudoir photo session, using LED fresnel lights

Working with the ever-delightful Olena in my studio, we went for a mix of outfits and looks. We started off the photo session with straight-forward headshots, but then when Olena showed me this outfit, it just begged for something with a more vintage feel in lighting. So, drawing on the classic  Read more inside...

Hollywood Glamor lighting with video lights

creating Hollywood Glamor lighting with video lights

The old Hollywood masters such as George Hurrell, CS Bull and Laszlo Willinger had a dramatic way of lighting their portraits, with specific use of light and shade. For my review of the Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnel Lights, I had Ulorin Vex as model. Her style and clothing are quite unique, and dramatic enough  Read more inside...

review: Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnel Light – (model: Ulorin Vex)

review: Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnel Light - (model: Ulorin Vex)

The dramatic look that video lights lend to photographs, is a regularly explored topic on Tangents. I also cover the use of video light in my book Direction and Quality of Light. The video lights that I have been favoring, are the Lowel ID-Light (vendor), but like other halogen video lights,  Read more inside...

After Dark Photography Education – St Louis, MO – 2013

After Dark Photography Education - St Louis, MO - 2013

Anyone who regularly followed the Tangents blog during the past year or so, will know that I've raved about the After Dark events that I attended (and presented at). In my opinion, After Dark is the best (and most fun) learning experience that I've encountered. If you want more details about After Dark: -  Read more inside...