The Light Fantastic

Manipulating natural light is an art form. Some photographers might argue that studio lighting takes exceptional skill to beautifully craft, but Calgary-based Ukrainian photographer Irene Rudnyk proves that available light is flexible, stunning and not to be underestimated.

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Creative natural-light photographer and acclaimed youtube presenter Irene Rudnyk speaks to Caroline Schmidt about building her successful channel, her style choices and her creative projects.

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Revolutionary all-in-one continuous LED lighting Kit with HSS Flash

« NEO 2 est un produit révolutionnaire. Vous ne raterez plus aucune photo. Sans aucun temps de recharge ni perte de lumière ou de puissance. » — Jason Lanier – Sony Artisan of Imagery

NEO 2 is a revolutionary LED light, that combines the ‘shoot what you see’ benefits of continuous light, with the flexibility of High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash, for more power or to freeze action. With no recycle time, you’ll never miss a shot. Designed for portrait photographers and videographers on the go, NEO 2 is lightweight and portable and can be mounted both on or off camera. A built in Elinchrom Skyport flash receiver delivers ultra reliable wireless triggering(1/8000th) up to 200m(656ft). Powered by 6 AA batteries, DC or DTaP, NEO 2™ delivers outstanding colour reproduction, with a gorgeous soft light output and Rotolight’s signature catch light effect. Packed with innovative features, NEO 2™ includes True Aperture Dimming™, Designer Fade™ and an updated arsenal of CineSFX™ custom lighting effects (Lightning, Fire, TV etc.). 85% brighter in continuous mode than its predecessor, NEO 2 is a small light that delivers big results.

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It Will Always Be About The Light | Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape photographs is one way for busy, modern people around the world to connect to Mother Earth. There is however a great difference between an original, vivid landscape photo full of meaning than a photo created without love. We asked the award-winning landscape photographer joseramos if he could share his best tips on how to create fine art landscape photos. Trust us, You don’t want to miss this!

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Setas y Luz

Entender y modelar la luz es fundamental para un fotografo pues, junto con la composicion, forman las bases de la expresividad de nuestras imagenes micologicas.

Stropharia semiglobata
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Clitocybe
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Hygrocybe
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Técnica Fotográfica por Álex Alonso
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Travelling the light fantastic

Lucie Debelkova: living for the dream destination
Top travel photographer and Canon Explorer Lucie Debelkova lives for the thrill of new horizons. She reveals to CPN Editor David Corfield her motivations and vision and how social media, Canon’s EOS 5DS and three EF zoom lenses help her discover and record what she sees…

Canon Explorer Lucie Debelkova discovers new horizons with the EOS 5DS.
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The Power Of Portable Light

I have traveled 4,625 miles to get this image. I’m stumbling through the volcanic landscape in the murky predawn darkness trying to find the Moai statues. The salty breeze and crashing surf remind me of early-morning shoots in Hawaii. But this isn’t Hawaii. I’m on Easter Island, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. And if I don’t get this iconic shot of the Moai statues at sunrise, I’ll never forgive myself. I need this shot for my photo essay of the island.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
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Moai Statue At Sunset. Nikon D3, 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 lens, shot at 1/50 sec. at ƒ/8, Nikon SB-800 used off-camera to light the statue.
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Egypt. Nikon D2X and 17-35mm ƒ/2.8 lens, shot with a Nikon SB-800 to add catchlights to the subjects’ eyes in the bright overhead sun.
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TOP: Scotland. Nikon Df and 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 lens, shot at 1/100 sec. at ƒ/7.1. In this before shot, the telephone booth appears lifeless without flash. ABOVE: The same gear and settings were used, but by using a single speedlight, the telephone booth comes to life. A Nikon SB-910 was placed in the booth and fired off-camera using a Nikon SU-800 transmitter.
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The Power Of Portable Light
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The Top 10 Photography Lighting Facts You Should Know

The Top 10 Photography Lighting Facts You Should Know
And tips on how you can apply them to your photography.
by Dan Richards

Light07aThe farther the light source, the more it falls off— gets dimmer on your subject. The rule says that light falls off as the square of the distance. That sounds complicated, but isn’t really. If you move a light twice as far from your subject, you end up with only one-quarter of the light on the subject.
In other words, light gets dim fast when you move it away— something to keep in mind if you’re moving your lights or your subject to change the quality of the light.
Also remember that bouncing light—even into a shiny reflector that keeps light directional— adds to the distance it travels.
Tip: Set your camera’s flash (pop-up or hot-shoe) to fill flash for outdoor portraits on harshly lit days. This will lighten shadows on your subject’s face but won’t affect the background exposure—it will fall off by then.

Light07bThe broader the light source, the softer the light. The narrower the source, the harder the light. A broad light source lessens shadows, reduces contrast, suppresses texture. A narrow light source does the opposite. This is because, with a broad source, light rays hit your subject from more directions, which tends to fill in shadows and give more even illumination to the scene.
Tip: Position a portrait subject near a large, bright window that does not receive direct sunlight. It makes for a no-cost softbox— no studio equipment necessary.

Light07cShadows create volume. That’s how photographers describe threedimensionality, the sense of seeing an image as an object in space, not projected on a flat surface.
Again, lighting from the side, above, or below, by casting deeper and longer shadows, creates the sense of volume. Still-life, product, and landscape photographers use angular lighting for this reason.
Tip: Try “Hollywood lighting” for a dramatic portrait. Position a light high above and slightly to the side of your subject, angled down, but not so much that the shadow of the nose falls more than midway down the upper lip.

Light07dDiffusion scatters light, essentially making the light source broader and therefore softer. When clouds drift in front of the sun, shadows get less distinct. Add fog, and the shadows disappear. Clouds, overcast skies, and fog act as diffusion—something that scatters the light in many directions. On overcast or foggy days, the entire sky, in effect, becomes a single very broad light source—nature’s softbox.
Tip: Materials such as translucent plastic or white fabric can be used to diffuse a harsh light source. You can place a diffuser in front of an artiflcial light, such as a strobe. Or, if you’re in bright sun, use a light tent or white scrim to soften the light falling on your subject.

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