Reflector Lighting in Mid-Day Sun

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Pro photographer and instructor Kenneth Linge had another of his Photographing People clinics this past Saturday in Salt Lake City. I was privileged enough to be invited again to help out and photograph during the class. Kenneth is a master at using mid-day sunshine with a reflector to create stunning portraits.

I took the above photo of Lindsey in direct overhead sunshine in the parking lot of the hotel the seminar was held at. The lighting was provided by a single silver reflector positioned by Kenneth. The combination of the warm light on the face with the cool background bokeh created a pleasant portrait.

Here is an overview of the scene as captured by my favorite videographer Jeremy Hall.

Behind the Scenes - Kenneth Linge's class in Salt Lake City

It is always rewarding to be able to capture a nice portrait such as this in an environment that many photographers would consider inhospitable to portrait work.

On a somewhat related side note, I processed this image in under 5 minutes using Kenneth’s Photoshop Actions. I will be providing more information on these actions in the near future.

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Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/800 second, f/4, ISO 100

January 31, 2008 at 2:11 pm by | Categories: tutorial

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/11, ISO 100

January 30, 2008 at 6:28 am by | Categories: Post

Climbing the Ice

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I recently joined some local ice climbers for the opportunity to photograph them ascending a frozen waterfall. Photographing people against the bright snow/ice background can be challenging exposure-wise. To keep the subjects from becoming too dark in the image, I adjusted my camera’s meter to overexpose by one-third f/stop and used a strobe set at minus one-third f/stop for filling in the shadows.

The exciting part of taking this shot was the small icy ledge that I was perched on while wearing ice climbing gear.

Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/9, ISO 50

January 29, 2008 at 9:26 am by | Categories: Post

Working Nine to Five


Today’s image is from last Friday’s stock shoot with one of my favorite models Alyssa. When planning a photo shoot, I map out a list of ideas for shots ahead of time. The overwhelmed office worker concept was one of the main themes for this session and Alyssa did a great job of pulling it off.

A few technical notes: This was shot with at a medium wide-angle focal length (40mm on a full-frame) to give depth between the model and the files in the foreground. I opted to spotlight the white background rather than make it pure white to have a bit of uneven vignette. Lighting was a single softbox left of camera with a silver reflector to the right of the model (plus the background light).

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/8, ISO 100

January 28, 2008 at 7:47 am by | Categories: Post

Photowalking Utah – Video


Jeremy Hall was kind enough to shoot and edit a video from our last Photowalking Utah event. This was the indoor photowalk featuring studio lighting.

Thanks for the hard work on this Jeremy, it turned out well.

January 26, 2008 at 12:22 am by | Categories: photowalking

When Life Gives You Lemons . . .

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A Photographer’s Creed:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade slice them up and take a picture.”

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/9, ISO 100

January 25, 2008 at 12:48 am by | Categories: Post



The rapt attention a photographer can elicit from a subject with a single piece of cheese is somewhat amazing. Though, I find this method works best with participants of the four-legged variety.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/8, ISO 100

January 24, 2008 at 7:42 am by | Categories: Post

Colorful Shooting on a Grey Winter Day

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It was another grey day in Northern Utah this past Saturday when I decided to spend some time photographing. I wanted something colorful to shoot, so I stopped by the produce section of the local supermarket in search of cheap color. I found it with these red and green bell peppers.

This arrangement of the freshly cut peppers on a cutting board was shot in studio using four lights. I used a high key arrangement of two softboxes for main light (one on each side of the camera), a small softbox for a rim light and a monolight onto white seamless for the backdrop. My favorite part of the shot is the separation caused by the rimming of light on the top of the red cut pepper.

And when I finished shooting, I had a healthy snack.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/8, ISO 100

January 23, 2008 at 5:58 am by | Categories: Post

Photographing People Seminar with Kenneth Linge

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I had a conversation yesterday with my friend Kenneth Linge. Kenneth is a world class wedding and portrait photographer as well as a photography instructor. In chatting with him about his upcoming seminar (Photographing People, Part 1) this Saturday in Salt Lake City, he mentioned that there were still some spots available. Being someone who is always on the lookout for something to blog about, I freely offered to pass along the info.

I have attended two of Kenneth’s classes in the past year. I find it amazing that a photographer of his level is so willing to freely share the techniques that he has learned in 30+ years as a working pro. Scott Smith (a photographer I met through this blog) attended Kenneth’s last class in Salt Lake City. Here’s a little bit of what he had to say about it on his blog:

“Kenneth teaches seminars in the US and Europe. He successfully completed five European tours last year. Kenneth and his wife Marylyn taught the class of 15 students. Their class was structured in a way to teach some basic fundamentals with techniques they use and build upon them in upcoming seminars. One of the highlights for me was to participate in a live model shoot in downtown Salt Lake City. It was amazing to watch Kenneth look for the natural available light and apply it to create some amazing photographs.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the seminar (and possibly attending), pop on over to Kenneth’s website for more into:

And when you decide to attend, you can see yours truly in action. I will be there photographing the photographer :)

January 22, 2008 at 12:47 pm by | Categories: Post

Dream a Little Today

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I selected this image for today’s post in hopes of making an ever-so-subtle reference to the holiday in the US today honoring the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

– U2

Update: When I refreshed the blog after making the post, I was surprised to see the resemblance between today’s image and the post I made on Saturday. I hadn’t noticed that until now.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/10, ISO 100

January 21, 2008 at 1:10 am by | Categories: Post