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Simple Speedlites - When to use what shoe?

Small flash, or in Nikon's case, Speedlights are extremely versatile light sources and until recent years where usually overlooked when stepping into the world of off camera lighting. They seem pretty straight forward right out of the box. There's a little foot on the bottom of the flash, and a shoe conveniently placed on the […]

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Could it be - An indestructible hard drive?

Imagine if your hard drive had to go through a rain storm or fire - or even a football game? Well even though we all know that normally is not the case, it becomes quite the conversation piece if you knew your hard drive actually could survive this kind of abuse. Benjamin Von Wong recently […]

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Preston Kanak: Shooting Raw Timelapse Photography

Being a part of the photography industry is being able to share educational information across all platforms to everyone. Now finding that education is another story. BUT - every once-in-a-while, you come across something that just 'hits the spot' so-to-speak. Share your work and sharing anything you learn along the way. - Preston Kanak Preston […]

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Jim Schmelzer: Wedding Portrait Shoot using multiple Spiderlite TD5 units and multiple Softboxes

Wedding portrait shoot by photographer Jim Schmelzer using multiple Westcott Spiderlite TD 5 units, 36" x 48" Softbox and a 16" x 22" Softbox .

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Video Feature: Complete Green Screen with Eve Hazelton

Learn the basics of chroma key with @EveHazelton and the Realm Team! In the last of three lighting tutorials created for?philipbloom.net?Eve takes us through the three steps of green screen work: How to analyse you background plate to ensure a convincing key. How to light your screen and subject to match the background plate. How […]

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Mark Johnson: Composite Photography feat. Spiderlite TD6

In this photo composite of a mountain biker in Boulder, Colorado, Mark S. Johnson's goal was to capture the feeling of hopping off the bike after an epic (and muddy) ride. To accomplish the effect, he employed his standard compositing light arrangement featuring (3) Westcott Spiderlite TD6 units. A 36" x 48" Shallow Softbox containing […]

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Erik Valind: Outdoor Action Shoot using an Apollo and Large Scrim Jim

Outdoor Action shoot by photographer Erik Valind using a 50" Westcott Apollo and Large Scrim Jim with Full-stop Diffusion Fabric.

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Michael Green: Digital Composite using Strobelite Plus, Octabank, Halo and 12" x 36" Stripbank

Digital composite shoot by Photographer Michael Green using multiple Westcott Strobelite Plus units, 5' Octabank, 45" Round Halo and Stripbank.

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Joao Carlos: Action Shoot using a Medium Scrim Jim

Action shoot by photographer Joao Carlos using a Medium 42" x 72" Silver/White Westcott Scrim Jim.

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Rod Evans: Portrait Shoot using Spiderlite TD5, Spiderlite TD3, 12" x 36" Softbox with Eggcrate Grid and 24" x 32" Softbox

Portrait shoot by photographer Rod Evans using a Westcott Spiderlite TD5 with Tungsten Bulbs, Spiderlite TD3 with Tungsten Bulbs, 12" x 36" Softbox with Eggcrate and 24" x 32" Softbox.

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Courtney Dailey: Portrait Shoot using a Strobelite Plus and Octabank

Portrait shoot by photographer Courtney Dailey using a Westcott Strobelite Plus and Octabank. Name: Courtney Dailey Courtney was raised studying several artistic mediums as well as the importance of image perception. She has taken the lessons she has learned, her love for beauty and photography and bakes them all together. Her unique style has allowed […]

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Software Tutorials: Photoshop

Are you looking to dabble in Photoshop, but have no idea where to begin? Fear not! We found a series of Photoshop Tutorials online that feature everything from beginning Photoshop and up! Other Photoshop Tutorial Resources There are some amazing tutorials out there, but we wanted to highlight a few areas where you can learn some quick […]

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Erik Valind - Ice Light Setup

Erik Valind: The Ice Light for Outdoor Fill

The Ice Light is a new little lighting tool that resembles a light saber in a big way. This makes it a blast to use right out of the gates. It was designed for being mobile and easy to use in event photography situations or under low light conditions. It can also make an image […]

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Erik Valind Headshots in the Park

#Tog Tuesday: Erik Valind - Headshots in the park

Shooting outdoors rocks. When given the choice between shooting in a studio or out in the world, I'll drag my camera gear and subject out that door any day of the week. The sheer volume of different backgrounds and locations can be overwhelming if you're just starting out though. Thankfully every city out there thought […]

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Highlight Video: Photo Basics On-Location Kit

Amber McCoy from Westcott joins Henry's TV host Mark Shannon on stage at Exposure Spring 2012 to chat about some Photo Basics portable flash modifiers for the speedlight photographer.

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Erik Valind: One Modifier on an Island

At the end of every workshop I inevitably get asked the desert island question. If you don’t know what I mean it usually goes something like this: "If you had your camera, one Speedlight, and had to pick just a single light modifier, what would it be?" Similar to what would you bring with you […]

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Sekonic L-358 Light Meter

Light Meter - Do you need one?

We asked Top Pro Photographer Erik Valind to write a blog on using a light meter. Since we have so many questions about them, we figured we should give one to him, have him use it for a while, and give us his feedback. Here is his response. I've been using a light meter during […]

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Bob Davis: Photography Portrait Shoot with Speedlites and Stripbank

Bob Davis: Photography Portrait Shoot with Speedlites and Stripbank

Here is a quick tip featuring Bob Davis using the Westcott Apollo Stripbank and speedlites. Bob had two Speedlights in Group B manual mode 1/8th power with the flash heads manually zoomed to 200mm. One camera left and one camera right. The main Speedlight was in Group A with the flash head manually zoomed to […]

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Cary Wolinsky and Bob Caputo

#Tog Tuesday: Shooting with Perspective

There are MILLIONS of articles out there about photography - plenty of good ones, and then there are some AMAZING ones! With that said - we would like to highlight an article that was posted on National Geographic's website by two photographers Cary Wolinsky and Bob Caputo. These two individuals have a combined 64 years […]

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Jayce Clarke: Using Apollo Orb to control light with Speedlites

This article was written by Jayce Clarke and originally posted on his blog 07/15/2012. To find out more from Jayce, you can visit his website: Jayce Clarke Photoschool Quick Lowdown Type: Available, Flash, Portable Brand: Nikon Speedlite, PocketWizard, Sekonic, Sigma, Westcott Modifers Level: Intermediate Levels Aimed At: Simple lighting setup with a little practice. One […]

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Erik Valind: My favorite Parabolic Umbrella

Most photographers love Octabanks. The light quality if amazing! Unfortunately, they are not easy on the wallet or easy to transport either. Usually rather heavy, they require a specific speed-ring to use with your lights and a large light stand to support them. But if you are looking for an alternative because of size of […]

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Bob Davis: Outdoor Portrait Shoot using Speedlites and Apollo

Bob Davis: Outdoor Portrait Shoot using Speedlites and Apollo

Here is a quick tip featuring Bob Davis using the Westcott Apollo and speedlites. Here I ganged 600EX RT's together all in the same group acting as one to give me more watt seconds of power. Notice how well ETTL responds to my on the fly changes in Aperture.

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Erin Manning: More Digital Photo Basics

Taking great "people pictures" isn't a matter of luck. The secret is in observing your subjects and connecting with them, and then using your camera to its best advantage. Here's how to work with lighting, location, angle, composition, physical characteristics, environment, and a host of other variables, including the unique challenges of photographing babies, group […]

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Erin Manning on the 2:1 Lighting Ratio

Watch and listen as Erin Manning walks you through lighting ratios. She will touch on how you position your subjects, setup your lights, and create a specific mood for your photos.

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Erin Manning: Capturing the Moment

Here's some quick tips from Erin Manning on capturing that special moment in photography.

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