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14 Sep 2015

Monitors for photographers and retouchers

No comments Equipment, Retouch

A monitor for photo editing is a completely different structure than an ordinary display for office or home use. I will try to explain below what a photography monitor is, why you won’t find any in offers of companies such as Dell, Samsung, LG and the like as well as which models are suitable for photo editing. It’s going to be quite a long text, but this topic cannot be briefly summarized. Moreover, the text also includes a list of all monitors appropriate for retouch, together with the differences between them – I believe that such a list may be useful in making the decision.

If you plan to buy a monitor for photo editing any time in the future, this text may prove very helpful. If you deal with photography and reckon that you don’t need such a monitor, you should read this all the more…

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14 Jul 2015

Fashion shots with sun reflectors

No comments Equipment, Photo sessions

I take photo shoots only with lights. If I happen to organize a photo shoot outdoors, I exclude the sunlight and provide light by myself. That time, however, though I had a studio kit consisting of 600 and 1200 Ws lights for photographing outdoors, I decided to take photos using only the sunlight.

Somewhere in the middle of 2013 I used to take very few photos and concluded that I should change it. I knew that I didn’t want another beauty photo shoot – I finally wanted a fashion one. I also knew whom I would like to work with… but I had no idea where. I had always had huge problems with finding locations for photo shoots; actually, the location had usually remained unknown until the day of the photo shoot. My first idea at that particular time was some nice roof, but go find me a nice-looking roof in my vicinity… Then I thought of taking photos with sand in the background to give them a desert-like style Read more

15 Jun 2015

Beauty dish – the magic of hard light

1 comment Basics, Equipment, Photo sessions

I very often use a beauty dish as the key light, so I’ve decided to devote this post to it and thus give people unfamiliar with the topic a chance to learn what it is. It’s usually true that the softer the light, the better. Well, perhaps I am generalizing too much, but such is the widespread conviction. If I direct a light with no modifiers at my model, I will obtain hard light and the photo will look disastrous – coarse skin, hay-like hair and exceptionally unpleasant shadows. If I soften the light with a modifier (such as an umbrella or a softbox) put on its source, the result will be totally different: the skin will be smooth and the shadows will become much prettier – they will be soft and will fade mildly. The BD is different: it provides hard light which, however, looks good. It is hard to achieve the same effect with any other modifier. BD is also called a small sun because it is said to provide light a bit similar to sunlight, though I do not fully agree with this. Read more