Saturday, 31 August 2013

Lighting Asylum: Take Control of Your Flash at 50% Off

Lighting Asylum: Take Control of Your Flash at 50% Off

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Lighting Asylum: Take Control of Your Flash at 50% Off

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 04:38 PM PDT

This popular training course is designed to be the ultimate primer on photographic lighting. It’s a topic that many struggle with as proven by the fact that the production was partially funded through a crowdsourcing campaign where photographers from all over contributed money in hope that it would be completed. Well here it is and we were able to arrange a 50% discount & bonus eBook for PictureCorrect readers until next Sunday: Lighting Asylum – Take Control of Your Flash

There are tens of thousands of serious amateur photographers who have never learned the basics of good lighting and how to use it to produce professional grade photographs (Trailer can be seen here).

Think of it as a lighting boot camp on video. It provides valuable information that is not only educational, but entertaining. Designed to not be just another "place your lights here" tutorial. Rather, the instruction provided teaches the aspiring photographer everything necessary to become a great photographer. Many of the techniques presented are new and have never been previously presented.

scenes from lighting asylum

Some Scenes from Lighting Asylum (Click to See More)

The video explains, in easy to understand terms, concepts about lighting that include:

  • What makes light soft?
  • What is a stop of light?
  • What does flash do for your photo …and why master it?
  • What are the five most important pillars of flash photography?
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Some Lighting Setups Demonstrated

Those who master these techniques will take pictures that they never thought possible; professional pictures that will truly amaze.

How to Get a Copy for Half Off this Week:

Normally $88, our readers can get the instant download version and a new bonus eBook for only $44 until Sunday September 8.

The deal can be found here: Lighting Asylum – Take Control of Your Flash

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Thunderstorms and Wildfires

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 02:58 PM PDT

Last month, a brutal wildfire broke out near the hills of Wenatchee, Washington. Firefighters have had a difficult time containing the wildfire, and further concerns were voiced when weather patterns showed a thunderstorm preparing to roll in. Despite the chance of rainfall, firefighters were more concerned about the high winds and potential for new fires to ignite from lightning strikes. As the storm formed overhead, Cushman Photography captured this image of multiple lighting strikes over the raging wildfire:

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Fires spreads across the hills of Wenatchee, WA as a thunderstorm rolls in overhead (Via Imgur, click for larger size)

Though somewhat terrifying in its potential destructiveness, this scene is also beautiful. It shows multiple forces of nature and the awesome power it holds. Obviously, there is concern for the people, homes, businesses, and wildlife in the area. But being able to witness (and capture) nature in this state is incredible.

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How William Eggleston Introduced Color Photography to the Art World (Video)

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 02:26 PM PDT

William Eggleston, known for bringing color to the world of art photography, was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1939 to a well-to-do family. He picked up his first camera when he was 18 years old and began printing his own black and white photographs. At the time, he didn’t know anything about photography. He taught himself.

In this BBC documentary, we get a glimpse of Eggleston’s life and work:

Eggleston’s peers and family describe him as rebellious and strange. He lives life how he wants to live it. And his approach to photography is the same. Rarely giving his photographs titles or identifying their locations, he calls himself a democratic photographer. He treats all subject matter equally. His unforced, one-take compositions reflect banal, everyday life.

After several years of using black and white film, Eggleston shot his first roll of color film in the mid-1960s. During that era, serious photographers shot black and white exclusively. But the way the nonconformist photographer used color caught the attention of many in the photography world. His color was underplayed. He made powerful pictures that created a sense of unease out of nothing.

He later brought the old practice of dye transfer processing, traditionally only used in the fashion and commercial industries, to the art world. He appreciated its saturation and unfading color. The technique accentuated his use of color accents.



In 1976, Eggleston’s first major show opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition was the subject of harsh criticism. Reviewers called his work boring. But the photographer felt the critics just didn’t understand his work–his photos were meant to be unspectacular. Though the show was held at MoMA, they didn’t understand that his photography was modern art. Soon after, when his work became known all over the world, the critics apologized.



Now a well-known artist, with reporters and photographers clamoring for his attention, Eggleston continues photographing the seemingly mundane life around him. His life and work are a striking example of the importance of sticking to your own personal style and shooting what you like to shoot.


“Often people ask what I’m photographing. It’s a hard question to answer. And the best I’ve come up with is, I just say, ‘Life today.’”

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Renting vs. Buying Photography Gear (Video)

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 01:21 PM PDT

Photographers love their gear. And there’s never a shortage of new cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment to drool over. While it’s tempting to buy the latest and greatest, you shouldn’t overlook the benefits of using rental services. In this PhotoShelter webinar, Brian Tetrault from LensProToGo discusses the advantages of renting photography gear:

Why rent?

  • It’s more financially feasible when the gear is not something you’ll use often. For example, you may just need extra lighting for one particular photo shoot.
  • You can try out unique equipment that you wouldn’t necessarily buy, like high-quality underwater housing or an extremely wide angle lens.
  • It lets you try something new without committing to purchasing it. This way you can test out a new camera or lens to see if updating your current gear is worth it.
  • You can use rentals as backup gear for important gigs, such as weddings, for peace of mind.
  • If you don’t want to take valuable equipment on a plane, you can have rental gear shipped to your hotel. Rental helps you avoid travel-related hassles like lost luggage and extra baggage charges.
  • Rental protection plans might be better than your own insurance policy.
  • When you’re just starting out, it’s difficult to know which gear to buy. Renting lets you get a feel for what you might like to have.
  • Renting is a great option for instances when your gear is out for repair. Repairs may take weeks to complete, and having backup gear lets you keep working while you wait.
  • If you want your second shooter to have specific gear, you can rent it for them for professional shoots.
  • Eliminate buyer’s remorse. There’s so much hype around the latest gear, but without holding it in your hands and trying it out, it’s difficult to know if it lives up to its reputation. One you know you like a piece of gear, you can buy it and know you’re making the right choice.

Depreciation Often Makes Renting Photography Gear a Smart Choice

Renting gear has many advantages that let you get your hands on the latest gear without making a monetary commitment. You might find that you don’t like it as much as you thought or that it’s cheaper to rent it on the rare occasions when you need it. Before purchasing the next item on your wish list, consider trying before you buy.

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