Tag Archive for Tutorial

“House Of Cards” Style Photo Tutorial

I had so much fun doing a self-portrait in the style of the “Gotham” promo photos that I decided to do another. This time, I’m using as a stylistic reference the extremely cool b&w portraits done for the Netflix hit…

“Gotham”-Style Photo Tutorial

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I’m a big fan of the new “Gotham” TV show. I also like the promo images that were done for each of the main characters. I couldn’t find any information online about who took the images,or how they were done,…

Photo Processing & Color Grading Tips

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Working in the intersection of photography and video production, I’ve noticed that the tasks of color-grading and photo processing have become more and more similar. What used to be limited to basic adjustments of brightness, contrast and hue is now…

Great Lighting For Microbudget Video

No matter what camera you’re using, any shot is only as good as its lighting. When I was in film school, I was introduced to the Lowel Tota-Light, and I hated it. It was extremely bright, extremely hot, and extremely…

How To Take Natural Light Portraits

Rembrandt didn’t have a softbox. Neither did Vermeer or Caravaggio. Yet the portraits created by these artists have been held up as examples of beautiful lighting for centuries. Borrow a page from the Old Masters: leave the lamps at home,…

Vivitar 285HV Off-Camera Speedlight Tutorial

I’ve heard great things about the Vivitar 285HV for “strobist”-style photography. I bought a couple of them, and found that they work well, but are not at all intuitive to use. I recorded this brief video tutorial on how to…