Balancing Ambient and Strobe Lighting for Maximum Impact

While shooting in natural (ambient) light alone is perfectly adequate under certain circumstances, choosing to enhance the ambient light in a given scene by adding balanced off-camera flash or strobe can really set your portrait apart with a bright, upscale look.

If you’re just starting out with off-camera flash, you’ll likely find yourself (as we all have) working through the ‘spray and pray’ approach, desperately trying all kinds of flash and camera settings in the hope of dialing in a decent look before throwing it all on the shelf in a disappointed heap. Read more

Layering for Simplicity (Photoshop CC)

As an active photographer in my area, I tend to receive a lot of interest and curiosity as to the gear I might be using, technique or what I’m up to in general.  I thought this might be a good place to address these common questions, and share a few shooting and editing insights that have been useful along the way.

With the advent of cloud-based monthly membership opportunities, Adobe is currently making a ton of firepower available to anyone seeking to take their photography and video projects to the next level.  While the professional market drives and maintains a high demand for these products, Photoshop is not just for pros.  Read more