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Indra500 First Test

 

On Friday a new lighting toy was delivered to my home in Germany: the Indra500 mobile studio light. Coincidentally (true story!) model Coxy Dominika visited us over the weekend while she had an assignment in Düsseldorf. We took the chance to quickly run a first test of the new flash. 

 

 

For my flash setup in detail please check the Indra blogpost on my magazine website.

 

I wish you good light!

Michael

 

 

Model rates for sexy photo shoots

What payment should you offer your model? Especially for a sexy photo shoot. Today I am answering this question from a couple of different angles. There seems to be a standard going rate that is about $50 per hour. But then again the payment depends on a number of factors. A lot of times a model would be happy with TfP shootings if she really gets benefits from the resulting photos. In this podcast I explore how to actually give her these benefits.

 

 

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I wish you good light!
Michael

 

 

TTL Flash Wet Hair Photo

Amy just came out of the jacuzzi. When your friend is posing with dripping wet hair, you better be quick with your photo. That's exactly when TTL for flash control comes in handy. I did set my Odin radio transmitter to ETTL,  controlling a Mitros+ Speedlight inside a 60x90 softbox-umbrella. Snap-snap-snap... done. And off she goes to the hair dryer.

Pay attention to the histogram shown in the video. I marked the higher mid-tone area, which contains the tones that the flash produces on the subject. This is the portion of the tone you absolutely want to nail in your exposure. TTL is NOT a guarantee for getting these tones right, so try to keep an eye on them at all times.

 

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I wish you good light!
Michael

 

 

Sexy photos in the renaissance palace

You've probably seen my last video showing the awesome Playmate Dominika posing for us at photokina. Now I discovered that she is actually the star of a really cool photography tutorial recorded by Dan Hostettler. 

There's a lovely trailer video on Dan's blog. When you watch it notice the funny hand movement that fine art photographer Olga Zavershinskaya makes at the 2:10 mark to instruct Dominika. Reminds me of the silly posing stuff I did at Photokina, just that Olga's photos are so much better than mine.

Check the Trailer (NSFW / 18+)

4 Cover Photo Tips

Here are a few tips for producing cover worthy photos. The video is from our Photokina Workshop with the new Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light.

 

Watch this Photokina video on Youtube

 

In short

E – Eye Contact

Photos with strong eye contact engage potential readers more than photos without.

 

A – Angled Light

In order to visualize the features of your model, the light of your flash must come from a certain angle.

 

S – Sharpness

A small aperture, at least f/11 (fullframe) is your friend when it comes to cover photos. 

 

Y – Yield Space

Don’t crop into your model on your cover photo. 

 

 

3 tips for black backgrounds

Sometimes you like your background to be black, as in pitch black. If your photo studio is rather small or you are shooting in a little home studio (like yours truly) then spill light from your flash might ruin your black background. Today I am giving you my best 3 tips on how to control your light in this situations and why I actually do not control it at all in most of my shoots.

 

 

The Taobao Shop that I buy my backdrops from

 

 

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My go-to lens

Many photographers want warm, soft light - be it for baby photos, portraits, boudoir, you name it! Many of us are on a budget because we make photos just for fun. That's I am glad that I can answer today's question about lighting in a way that does not require a studio strobe and a giant .

I'm now into photography for about 6 years. My go to lens is still the first lens that I ever bought. A superzoom. I use it for round about 65% of my photos. At the same time, my most important lens is actually not my zoom but my prime. It's used for 35% of my photos, but if I could have only one lens, then I would ditch my zoom and go for the prime. Don't get me wrong, I am not one of the people saying that you can zoom with your feet. That's just an empty catch phrase and it has nothing to do with reality basic optics. Nevertheless the open aperture that my prime gives me is one of the most important style elements in my personal photography. 

 

 

My go to lens: Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS

My most important lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L

My favorite prime for my Fuji: XF 35mm f/1.4

 

 

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Oh Baby! Soft light on a budget

Many photographers want warm, soft light - be it for baby photos, portraits, boudoir, you name it! Many of us are on a budget because we make photos just for fun. That's I am glad that I can answer today's question about lighting in a way that does not require a studio strobe and a giant octabox.

How I go about soft, warm light

 

 

Check this baby setup

 

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My Fuji won't replace my Canon

I hear it quite often these days: DSLRs are dead. Mirrorless cameras are enough for everything. I personally can say that I love my 5D MK III as well my mirrorless Fuji X-E2. The latter one will not replace my DSLR. Let me share my top 3 examples of things I am missing on my Fuji, so that I still use my 5D for the respective photos.

 

 

My DSLR

My mirrorless

 

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You don't need that f***in' light meter

When it comes to awesome photo light, many roads lead to Rome. You can meter your light with a handheld incident meter or you can simply read the correct setting from your histogram. In this podcast episode I explain how I do the latter one all the time.

 

 

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