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High Speed Dogs
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High Speed Dogs

Cactus keeps innovating with their V6 II wireless flash transceivers. One of Cactus’ unique features is the ability of V6 and V6 II units to control “cross-brand” speedlights. For example, I can use a Canon flash with my Nikon camera and everything syncs with the shutter! One of my favourite […]

Lighting Corner: Taking the Mystery Out of Speedlight Modifiers
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Lighting Corner: Taking the Mystery Out of Speedlight Modifiers

The past few issues, we’ve learned about speedlights and strobes, how to use them on camera and off and how to setup a home studio. This month, let’s take a look at some of those funny attachments you can stick on your speedlight to change how it creates light. If […]

Creating a Tasty Drink Shot
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Creating a Tasty Drink Shot

For the latest Metz ad in PHOTONews, I wanted to create a celebratory beverage in honour of the now available five year warranty on all new Metz speedlights. This shoot presented two fun challenges: lighting a glass on a white background and using science to create layers and interest! Whenever […]

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Skateboarder with Smoke Grenades

broncolor recently announced HS technology for the Move 1200 L packs. This allows full flash sync at shutter speeds up to 1/8,000s. The broncolor ad concept was to capture a skateboarder “jumping over the sun”. I decided to add another level of complexity by including a smoke grenade – more […]

Freezing Mountain Bike Action with Cactus and Aurora
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Freezing Mountain Bike Action with Cactus and Aurora

Murphy’s Law follows a photographer just as your little sibling did in grade school – “What can go wrong, will go wrong”. We work with technological marvels that can be temperamental: the weather, which is even less predictable; people, who can sometimes be more volatile than the weather! The list […]

Fire and Ice Product Photography
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Fire and Ice Product Photography

I was recently contracted by a machine shop to make their products look compelling. They wanted images that would draw attention to the finer details and quality of their work, plus a couple of “showcase” images that would be different from their other images. Their website, which was a mix […]

Sharpening using Overlay in Photoshop
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Sharpening using Overlay in Photoshop

Photoshop Professor Notes series Introduction Sharpening our images using the Overlay Blending Mode in combination with the High Pass filter has been around for quite a while now and some of you may even use it at this point but I am going to explain why it works so well. I am […]

Dramatic Low Key Pet Portrait
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Dramatic Low Key Pet Portrait

For the new Aurora Lite Bank ad, I had two exciting new products to use: Aurora Strip Bounce SB-50 and Firefly PAR. These two speedlight modifiers are both very different: Strip Bounce creates a narrow strip of light, similar to a strip softbox for strobe lights and Firefly PAR is […]

Photoshop Professor Notes
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Photoshop Professor Notes

Adding Impact to  your images John Warren – September 11, 2016 Introduction The quality of the images coming out of our digital cameras these days is quite stunning compared to what we used to get from our cameras years ago. Even the compact all-in-one and cell phone cameras produce great results but, […]

Tips for Tethered Shooting
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Tips for Tethered Shooting

By Floyd Dean Tethered shooting is a method most photographers are familiar with. But many may not be aware of the various corresponding benefits available while tethered. I’ve found that, when applied correctly, tethered shooting can make things simple and effective while creating a great shot, every time. Tethered shooting […]