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Create Dramatic Lighting With Off Camera Flash

How to use off-camera flash or strobe and light modifiers to create portraits that have beautiful and dramatic light.

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Take Control of Your Light: Why Diffuse It

How to affect the quality of the light Is the  light is giving you the look you desire? By themselves some light sources are very hard, creating very dark and crisp shadows. To soften the light you need to diffuse it by adding modifiers: an umbrella, a softbox, or even a fabric screen. Think about…

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Contest: Win a 2 Hour Mentor Session Via Skype On Flash Photography

Would you LOVE to have the opportunity to ask a professional photographer your “flash questions?” Are there things about flash photography that leave you lost and confused? If so, you do not want to miss the chance to win this prize for this week’s contest. Ainslie Bernoth, professional photographer and author of the 6 part…

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Flash Photography Quiz: Has flash been used in the following images?

Part 6: Your Flash Photography Quiz: Has flash been used in any way on the following images? Answers no,no,yes,yes,no,yes,yes,no,no,no,yes,yes,yes My point is, even if you got all the answers right, it is sometimes hard to tell if flash was used. How you use flash is up to you. If the natural light is amazing ,…

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Avoid the “Flashy Look” ~ Learn To Use Fill Flash in Your Portraits

Part 5: Avoid the “Flashy Look” ~ Learn To Use Fill Flash I was photographing a small girl, in a field. Gorgeous backlight, 4.45 pm light. Her face is dark due to her back to the sun. I want to fill her face with light, but also keep the background exactly as I see it!…

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Editing an Off Camera Flash Photograph in Photoshop is EASY!

This week’s Blueprint uses no actions and barely any editing.  Why? Because of the advantages of off camera flash photography is less editing.  YAY! Ainslie Bernoth, who is doing a Free flash photography six part series, which is 1/2 way through, sent me this image – her before and after with steps. Ainslie started by…

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Ready To Start Shooting With a Flash? Here’s Where to Start!

Part 4: Ready To Start Shooting With a Flash?  Here’s Where to Start! In the wise words of Zack Arias, “just start somewhere!” You know you have a shutter speed limit of 200, so I often start there; I then choose an aperture, usually something middle of the road say 5.6. I could use a…

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Control Light and Get the Look You Want Using Flash Photography

Part 3: Control Light and Get the Look You Want Using a Flash I am going to explain this as easily as I can. In real life I could show you, which is how I learn easiest. I don’t want these written words to confuse you, or make you skip over it and class it…

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Get Your Flash Off Your Camera: What Equipment You Need

PART 2: What Equipment You Need to Get Your Flash Off Your Camera I am going to teach you the BASIC way to use flash, once mastered , you can then go on to add more lights, gels, grids and anything else, the world of light opens up to you. So start by taking a…

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Flash Photography, The Natural Light Photographers Dirty Words

Flash Photography! A free 6 part series on learning to LOVE and embrace flash photography. One topic MCP Blog readers email me about all the time is flash – how to use their on or off camera flash, studio lights, and even what equipment they should purchase. I am very lucky to have Ainslie Bernoth…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively in Portraits (Part 4 of 5)

How to Use Your Flash Effectively in Portraits (Part 4 of 5)

*** I owe Matthew an apology – I somehow lost part 4 and 5 that he sent me last year and was cleaning out emails and found the last two parts in his flash series for MCP Blog.  I will be posting them now. By Matthew L Kees, guest to the MCP Actions Blog Director…

Win Magic Blog It Boards? And the Winners of the “Hat” and “OCF guide” are…

Win Magic Blog It Boards? And the Winners of the “Hat” and “OCF guide” are…

Here I am back again today to announce the winners.  But 1st I have to let you know that Tracy Joy is giving away a set of your choice of MCP Magic Blog It Boards or Magic Print It Boards on her site – so go check that easy contest out if you have Photoshop CS2, CS3…

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Meet Ali Hohn & Save Money or Win the NEW Rock that OCF e-Book

I had the pleasure to get to know Ali Hohn at a photographer get together a year ago in Minnesota.  She now has her own e-book on Off Camera Flash.  You can win this book if you are the lucky name drawn at random from the comments section in my blog (this Saturday).  Just answer…

Lighting 101 Video by Paul Duncan

Lighting 101 Video by Paul Duncan

I am loving the Matthew Kees MCP Exclusive series on lighting.  I will continue with the next part after the new year.  Everyone is giving fantastic feedback on his explanations.  A number of you said you wanted a bit more visuals and I ran across this video by Paul Duncan and wanted to share it…

Learning Flash Photography – a 5 part series + Q&A with Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Learning Flash Photography – a 5 part series + Q&A with Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Coming over the next few months, I will be bringing you a 5 part series on FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY – plus after each part, you have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers. So come prepared to learn… The guest blogger is Matthew Kees. And I know you all are going to learn so much…

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