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 …


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

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.