Developing a Creative Eye by Bryan Peterson

I was looking at the great selection of videos on the youtube  Adorama Photography TV Channel, and found this video by Bryan Peterson.  It has created inspiration and a theme for me.  I’m going to begin routinely shooting images with my smart phone that show some of the beautiful patterns that nature creates.  It’ll be interesting to see what kind of beautiful, probably abstract, images I can create from the wonderful art that nature regularly provides for us in our everyday lives.

I hope Bryan Peterson’s video inspires you too.  Enjoy …


not a shibari harness – but a cool idea

Here is a behind the scenes  video showing how this group of friends used a conventional climbing harness to create a cool picture.  They wanted to create a picture that made it look like someone was being abducted by aliens.  I think they did a great job.

This video was submitted in the recent Fstoppers Behind The Scenes contest.


Motion/Multiple Images with Strobes

Jamie S and I captured these images in July 2011 using multiple flashes with my Vivitar 283 strobes.  I think we created some very nice and interesting images.

A print of this image will be displayed and offered for sale at the Art of Contemporary Shibari Exhibit during the Fotofest 2012 Biennial.

This video tutorial by RJ Hidson shows how he used a couple Nikon SB-800s and one SB-900 to capture multiple images.  This video tutorial and technique is featured on, in their January 23, 2012 blog post, [Tutorial] Shoot Motion/Multiple Images with Stroboscopic Flash

Mark Wallace demonstrates six traditional lighting styles

Mark Wallace presents another excellent Snapfactory tutorial video for AdoramaTV describing six traditional lighting styles.  He explains and demonstrates broad, short, loop, closed loop, Rembrandt and butterfly lighting. His tutorials provide excellent on-line learning opportunities.  Enjoy … Continue reading

not your father’s slideshow …

I’ve been interested in creating short slideshow videos with still images as a means to display visual art in addition to hanging pictures on walls in homes or on public display in galleries, etc.,  or by creating and publishing photobooks.  And, I’ve experimented with creating some short slideshow videos.

I recently discovered some interesting slideshow videos created by Roberto Roseano aka Carnisc.  You can see them on his youtube channel.  In addition to being a mechanism for displaying visual art, I think the slideshow videos themselves are a work of art.

Now, I’m more inspired and motivated than ever to experiment with short slideshow videos.

Here are some samples of Carnisc’s slideshow videos.

Stop Motion


Light Blade



There are others on Carnisc’s youtube channel.

Light falloff …

The intensity of the illumination falloffs very quickly from the external strobes and hotlights we use to light our models.   Unlike portrait shoots, frequently shibari type shoots involve models moving around in different positions during the shoot.   This can easily cause over and/or under exposure problems for different parts of the models body in the same image.

As an example, think of a suspended model slowly spinning in a horizontal pattern.  If a 5 foot model’s head was 3 feet from the light source, the light on the model’s head would be 1/9 as strong as at the light source, while the light on the models feet extended straight out from the light source would be 1/64 as strong as at the light source in the same.  Then as the model slowly rotated, the illumination pattern would change completely.  With the same light setup, with the model rotated 180 degrees, the light on the model’s feet would be 1/9 as strong as at the light source, while the light at the model’s head would 1/64 as strong.

Here is a good video by Mark Wallace, demonstrating the effects of light falloff, and with some suggestions on how to use or compensate for it.

Softbox or Umbrella — here are some differences

Here are three videos that demonstrate the differences between softboxes and umbrellas.  The first is produced by B&H Photo.

You can see more videos like this on B&H’s youtube channel.


The next video is by The Studio Coach demonstrating the difference in the quality of the light from a softbox compared to an umbrella.

You can see more videos by The Studio Coach on his youtube channel.


The third video is by prophotolife describing differences between a softbox and an umbrella.

You can see more videos by prophotolife on his youtube channel.

Softboxes – what they do and how to use them

Did you know that both large and small softboxes cover the same area of illumination with about the same light fall-off?  Do you know when to use a large softbox or a small softbox?  Here are two videos by Jay P. Morgan, describing what different softboxes do, and with that knowledge, examples on how you can use them.

Prior to watching this video, I didn’t realize that both large and small softboxes created illumination over the same area with about the same light fall-off.  The difference is the quality of the illumination or light over the area.

This video demonstrates when to use different size softboxes to get different patterns or quality of light in your images.

You can see more tips and videos by Jay P. Morgan on his web site, The Slanted Lens, and his youtube channel.

basic light placements for portraits …

Here is another video by Jay P. Morgan, where he describes basic light placements that have been developed over the years for portrait photography.   You can use these lighting techniques to help understand how beautiful images were created by other photographers, and in your own shoots.  These light placements can be used with hot studio lights or strobes. Enjoy.

Suspension Lighting Ideas from Patrick Hall …

Patrick Hall, one of the co-founders of Fstoppers, wanted to produce non-typical images of wake boarders. To do that, he suspended wake boarders in a studio, threw water on them, and used a variety of lighting techniques to produce attractive and unusual images. While he did not have shibari suspensions, he faced the same kinds of lighting problems we face when trying to photograph our shibari suspended models in the studio.

Together with his co-founder, Lee Morris, they produced a video describing their goals, behind the scene activities of their photoshoots, and showing the resulting images. This is a long 12 minute video. The suspension lighting techniques begin around 4:22 into the video. The entire blog post on Fstoppers is here.

Fstoppers takes you behind the scenes with photographer Patrick Hall as he explains photographing wakeboardering behind a boat as well as a completely unique studio photoshoot. View the Full Article at

Features Patrick explaining the Ewa-Marine DSLR Housing: , shooting on an inner-tube, designing a studio shoot, and studio lighting. For more of Patrick Hall’s work goto

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