Studio Lighting Diagram Creator Download for Photoshop

Studio Lighting Diagram Creator

Thought I’d share this studio lighting diagram creator that I found with you.  If you viewed my Natural Light Portrait Tutorial, you’ll more than likely noticed that I added some lighting diagrams to give you an idea of how I set up the shots.  I plan on doing that in future posts as well. This won’t be a very long post.  Just a quick link to the zip file and some advice.  When you get great shots with a certain studio lighting setup, you should make a diagram.  It will help you later if you’re like me and can’t always remember exactly what you did… This was created by Kevin Kertz, so stop by his site and check it out.  The file is a PSD and will work with Photoshop and GIMP (I think) and it’s a free download.  I would also like to mention that it is extremely easy to set up your lighting diagrams after playing around with it for a few minutes.  Click to download it here (it’s small – about 160 kb). Thought I’d show you an example of some of the images available for your use in the light diagram creator: Read more »

My Photography Wish List

Nikon D4

It would certainly be nice to be able to afford some of this stuff… soon! Nikon D4 16.2 MP CMOS FX Digital SLR with Full 1080p HD Video You’ve got to admit, the Nikon D4 is certainly top of the line for their brand.  Barring that investment, I would be completely happy with a….       Nikon D3X 24.5MP FX CMOS Digital SLR This is what I really wanted when I bought my used D300, but I just don’t have that kind of money to throw around.  Still, I love my camera and got a great deal on the D300. The seller gave me 3 lenses and some other decent accessories… so I have absolutely nothing to complain about   Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens Now we’re moving into territory that I can actually afford!  Still, one must budget.  I’m sure I’ll be treating myself to this and the 28mm soon enough! Personally, I love prime lenses over zooms because of the ability for wide open apertures.  This especially comes in handy if you’re a fan of bokeh (which I am under certain conditions).  The only negative about prime lenses is that you have to walk around all over the place to get your subject in the frame the way you want it! Read more »

Natural Lighting Photography for Portraits Tutorial

Natural Light Portrait Tutorials

I’ve recently become inspired to try natural lighting photography portraiture by seeing the work of  Sue Bryce.  Honestly, this is something totally new to me.  In the past I have always used studio flashes such as the Elinchrom D-Lites with softboxes, beauty dishes, and backdrops hung from the affordably priced Linco Background Support System. While this is great for certain types of shoots, it’s not always feasible or called for in portraiture… So I set out to teach myself some new techniques.  For this project all I used was equipment I already had available to me – with one exception: I bought sheer white fabric from Joannes to cover the windows.  I wanted the natural light to come in, but didn’t want it to be to harsh.  This fabric helped convert the sunlight coming through the windows into a giant softbox. I was lucky enough to have an aspiring makeup artist on hand (my girlfriend – thanks Diana!) and a volunteer model (thanks Christina).  I think they both did a wonderful job! I’ve also included studio lighting diagrams to go along with the photos.  To help give you an idea of how each one was shot. Read more »

How to Create the Lomo Effect in Photoshop

Lomo Effect in Photoshop

  Lomo photograpy (or Lomography) has been gaining popularity again recently.  Especially with the release of the Diana F+ Camera.  These “toy cameras” are pretty fun to play around with and can get some interesting effects.  Between the video above and the written version below, you should be able to replicate the Lomo Effect in Photoshop. Between the video and the written tutorial, you should be able to create the lomo effect on your digital photos in no time. Read more »