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New Video: Overview of the Godox AD400 and AD600 Pro

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We have just added our overview of the Godox AD400 PRo and AD600 Pro battery powered studio lights. 

Remember: the Godox brand of lights are foten re-labeled.  Adorama calls them "Flashpoint" and B&H Photo calls them "Wistro".  Our friends at Molights just call them Godox lights (logical, right?) which you can see here.

Current Master Lighting Course members can see our video buy logging in and navigating to The Studio Lighting Course, Module 6, Studio Lights.

 

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New Video: Overview of the Godox XPro Transmitter

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We have just added our overview of the Godox XPro Transmitter. 

Current Master Lighting Course members can see it in The Studio Lighting Course, Module 6, Wireless Transmitters.

To view the video, you will need to be logged in!

We will have a great video on the AD400 Pro out tomorrow or perhaps the day after.  Stay tuned!

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Learn more about Kimberly Sarah Photography!

Our long time followers know that Kimberly and I run Kimberly Sarah Photography in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.  We are a specialty high-end dog and pet portrait studio serving a luxury clientele.  

If you are curious about who we are and what we do - and how we serve our clients - check out this video.  

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Featured Podcast: The Profitable Photographer

Featured Podcast: The Profitable Photographer

If you would like to hear more about Kim and Bud and their work with Kimberly Sarah Photography and The Master Lighting Course, you can listen in on episode 24 of The Profitable Photographer with Luci Dumas.  There we talk about our philosophies and so much more!

 

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Join our Image Review!

 

Submit your image for a constructive critique!

The Master Lighting Course will be hold a monthly critique of selected images.

While we can't review every image submitted, we can sure try!

Check out the Review page for all the details!

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Is there really a difference? The Canon 70-200 f/2.8 and the 200mm f/2 lens

For those with short attention spans: yes, there is a big difference.  But now onto to the real meat of the matter.

In the world of portraiture, especially outdoor portraiture, there is a strong following among those that really adore the bokeh of wide open apertures, and specifically the bokeh of 'fast' telephoto lenses like the Canon 200mm f/2 lens.

But we can't be alone in wondering this: is there that much of a difference between the 70-200 f/2.8 lens - a solid professional lens with fantastic performance, and the very heavy, very expensive 200mm f/2 lens.  

Not being the type of folks to rely on other's opinions of lenses, we decided to find out for ourselves.

We took the lenses out as part of a photographic "play date" of sorts - they kind where we film lots of content and snippets for the upcoming Outdoor Lighting course that will be released this Winter.  

And while we performed all sorts of hands on testing - testing that involved a running Belgian...

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We are creating more content!

 

As you all know, we are physically located in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA and as such, we are in our peak fall foliage season right now!  The colors are splendid, the fall air is getting it's chill, and we all know that winter is coming up fast.

In preparation for the long dark cold winter, we are banking new video content as fast as we can create it!  We are creating the content we will need to release the new Outdoor Lighting course!  

So while you wait for that course to go live (Winter, 2019-2020), may we suggest you use this time NOW to get up to speed on your indoor studio lighting work?  Remember: the real key to understanding lighting outdoors is to understand lighting indoors first!

 

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We are excited to announce new MONTHLY pricing!

Starting today, you can now get access to all of the content of The Master Lighting Course with just one low monthly payment.  Yes, we have changed to a monthly subscription!

I know you will be pretty excited about this - now you can come check out what we have cooked up and see all that we have to offer you and your photographic work.

You CAN learn photographic lighting!

You CAN improve the quality of your work both in and out of the studio!

You CAN stop copying and start CREATING!

The Master Lighting Course, with over 100 videos (or is it 120?  Seriously - we have SO MUCH CONTENT!) - we have the solutions to the challenges you face.  We arm with all the tools you need to not only use studio lighting, but to use it confidently and effectively.

Want to know more?  Want to check us out?  Sign up for The Master Lighting Course.  You won't regret it.

Questions?  Please contact us!

Remember: The Outdoor Lighting class is in production NOW and will be...

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Inspiration by way of fake cameras

Yesterday Kimberly and I stumbled upon a video describing the "fake cameras" used by Pixar in the latest Toy Story movie.  We were happily surfing though YouTube watching videos of painting restoration and fine art painting processes, when this little gem popped up.  It was truly fascinating - so much so that we wanted to share it with you.

In this video, the author is describing how a split diopter shot.  While the video does describe that type of shot, I'll go ahead an mention that a.) it isn't something we do in still photography, b.) have two different planes of focus is pretty neat, and c/) we didn't notice the shot when we watched Toy Story 4 either, so you aren't alone.

Why share this here?  Because folks as us all the time about our sources of inspiration.  And we can share with you lots on this subject, but we can say one thing about all others - our inspiration for our work, professional and personal, rarely comes from other photographers. ...

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Pet Photographer? Learning Lighting? Buy a dog!

Okay, so clearly we aren't saying everyone should go out an buy a dog (or are we?) - but we do have a very useful suggestion.

If you are learning studio lighting and plan to photograph dogs and pets, we strongly recommend learning with a stuffed animal and NOT a live pet.  

It is best to learn the nuances of lighting with a consistent subject.  One that will allow you to experiment and carefully consider your lighting.  A subject that will sit still.  For HOURS.  We recommend a large stuffed toy.

We would recommend you find a toy that has a shiny coat - not dull, so you can see the effect lights will have on fur and the specular highlights it can create.  Also, we recommend both white and black fur so you can learn to really nail that exposure.   The white fur give you the risk of over exposure, and the black fur gives you a chance to see how your darks will reproduce.

We have a Border Collie stuffed animal from Melissa and Doug. ...

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