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Swing By My Lighting & Travel Sessions at PPE in NY: Oct 24 - 26


I hope you can swing by one of my sessions at Photo Plus Expo in NYC in Oct. Here's what I will be teaching:

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Canon Booth: Oct 24 at 1 PM and Oct 26 at 11:30 AM. I'll be demonstrating how to make portraits like the ones above - taken in the Canon booth last year with a Canon 600EX RT Speedlite and a Westcott Apollo softebox.

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Adorama Booth: Oct 24 at 3 PM and Oct 25 at 11 AM. I will be talking about the gear I used for my travel photography. All my gear is listed here.


Westcott Booth: Oct 25 at 2 PM. I will be teaching basic at-home and in-studio lighting. 

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If you see me at the show, ask for my 50% discount code for my on-line Great Sand Dunes Photography class. All my on-line classes are listed here.

Explore the light, 

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Introducing My New and Improved Lighting Apps!

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They're here: My new and improved iPhone and iPad apps that are designed to help you make better natural light and speedlite photographs with your digital SLR.

The apps (basically on-line video classes with a photo gallery) are geared toward novice photographers. The apps were introduced a while back, but now all the how-to videos stream. Very fast.

Light It! is iPad version and sells for $1.99.

Light It Light! is the iPhone version and sells for $2.99.

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These are starter apps about creative lighting. However, as you will see, pros use many of these techniques and accessories to get great shots.

Two of the videos – Top 21 People Photography Tips and Top Ten Digital Photography Tips – feature some of my favorite pictures from around the world, accompanied with tips, of course!

The movies, shot by Emmy-award winner David Leveen, are divided into five sections totaling more than 1.5 hours of viewing time:

Basics: 33 Minutes
Outdoors: 15 Minutes
In Your Home: 16 Minutes
On-Location: 12 Minutes
Studio Shooting: 23 Minutes

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All updates: 
- Bug fixes and performance improvements.
- App size reduced to 22MB.
- All videos now stream.
- Optimized for IOS 5.1 and the iPhone 5
- New updated streaming RSS feature from Rick’s blog for almost daily new photo tips – like this cool video.
- Links to all of my social media sites including Google+ from within the app.

I hope you enjoy learning on your iPhone and iPad. I sure do enjoy this method of teaching. 

All my apps are listed on My Apps page. 

Explore the light,

Coming Next Month: My new on-line lighting class

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Hey Gang - I'm very excited about my new, basic on-line lighting class, which is all about making great portraits in your home. I could have called the class, "Look Ma, No Studio," because I illustrate how to create studio-type shots in your home. Here is just one example.

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The class will be up in June!

Shoot me an email to get on the info list for this new class, as well as my new on-line landscape class.

In the meantime, you can learn about lighting and photographing people in my two favorite books: Exploring the Light and Face to Face.

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Catch you then my friends!

Explore the light,

Making Beautiful Outdoor Portraits in Harsh Light is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

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Making beautiful outdoor portraits in harsh light is as easy as 1, 2, 3 – that is, using three accessories.

To make the portrait on the right, I used:
- The diffuser in the Westcott 6-in-1 Reflector/Diffuser kit to soften the harsh light coming from the top left;
- The sunlight surface reflector in the Westcott 6-in-1 Reflector/Diffuser kit to bounce some light onto the subject's face, and to add a nice catch light to her eyes.
- Covered the wall behind the subject with the Westcott April Showers/Bracken Brown background (April Showers surface)

I talk about controlling light in my upcoming on-line class on lighting in and around your house. Shoot me an email to get on the info list. The class should be up in June!

Explore the light,

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