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Understanding the Difference in Global and Rolling Shutters

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When getting started on video, you may run into a common problem, with no easy explanation of what’s going on. During quick pans, your footage may look like jello, or when recording video of rotating objects, they may look like they’re rotating slower than they are, or not at all. These are all common problems […]

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Understanding Light Control – Photographing Black on Black and White on White

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If you’ve dabbled in off-camera lighting or even natural lighting at times, you’ll quickly discover how difficult working with white can be. It’s no surprise that many people ask their subjects specifically not to wear white clothes, as it’s easy to blow out the highlights and ruin an otherwise good photoshoot. Shooting white, especially when […]

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How the Light Placement Alters Your Subjects

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When teaching basic lighting principles, I break down how to light a subject into having three basic variables – Intensity of Light, Quality of Light, and Direction of Light. The intensity of light is pretty simple in its execution – how bright or dim your light is. Quality of light refers to whether it’s soft […]

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How Your Flashtube Position and Shape Changes Your Light Quality

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When I learned that Lensrentals.com would start carrying the Profoto Pro-11 and Profoto Pro Heads, I was really excited. Not necessarily because they’re the workhorse standard for large-scale commercial photography, or that Pro-Heads are commonly what I use in my own work, but because of an added variable that many people don’t realize – flash head […]

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