Adding Fill Flash for Beautiful Ambient Light Portraits – Free Webinar 4/17 at 1pm EDT

While natural light can be wonderful for portraits, adding some off-camera flash can fill in shadows, shape the face and add a beautiful catch-light to the subject’s eyes. This simple addition can change a portrait from “Ok” to “Wow”!

Despite its many advantages, many photographers from novice to professional fear adding flash to their environmental portraits because they think it will look un-natural and consistently finding the right mix remains a mystery.

Join instructor Joe Brady as he takes away the mystery of blending flash with ambient light. Once you learn to take control of your flash it will become one of your favorite outdoor portrait tools. The combination of off-camera flash and a light meter to measure flash contributions will give you complete control to craft the portraits with added shape and dimension that your clients will love.

Adding Fill Flash for Beautiful Ambient Light Portraits

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Canon In Action Tour

Are you ready for Canon’s official educational roadshow? The highly anticipated Canon In Action Tour is a brand-new educational roadshow designed to unleash your creativity. You’ll gain the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence to create images like the pros.

Designed for intermediate and advanced amateurs, the Canon In Action Seminars and Workshops provide the tools you need to take your photography and videography capabilities to the next level.

On Saturday, participate in the Imaging Essential Seminar from 10am-6pm. Learn from industry experts while experiencing photography education in a dynamic atmosphere. Learn more about your instructors here.

Extend your knowledge by participating in one of the Sunday workshops as well. You’ll be given the option to choose between the Exploring DSLR Video Hands-On Workshop and the Speedlite Intensive Hands-On Workshop.  These workshops provide the ultimate opportunity to practice your new skills, work with live models, and try out professional Canon equipment.

Click here for more information regarding dates, cities, and registration.


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DIT On-Set Dailies Workshop with Von Thomas 3/22 in New York

Digital Tech NYCOn March 22 AbelCine in New York will be hosting a workshop on DIT On-Set Dailies with digital imaging technician Von Thomas from 10am to 5pm EDT.

This full day workshop will give you a thorough understanding of the on-set dailies process and how you might use it on your next job.

Part 1 – Morning session

  • A firm understanding of the DIT role for dailies deliver
  • The new age of set to post relationship
  • Preparing hardware and software for an effective on-set cart
  • How to properly back up footage for TV & film production
  • Software options for checks and verification to calibrate/profile on-set
  • Using scopes valuate exposure and color
  • Live grading on set and creating LUTs/CDLs for Resolve and Scratch
  • Using a color control surface

Part 2 – Afternoon session

  • Use of the gray card for one light and camera matching
  • Advantages in using a color temp meter; calibrating / profiling your cart monitor
  • Primary color correction Scratch 8, Resolve 10, and REDCine X Pro
  • Audio syncing
  • Creating high quality files for online dailies viewing
  • Using a cloud service for dailies upload

For additional information and registration, please visit AbelCine’s website.

About Von Thomas:
In addition to being an educator, Von Thomas is a DIT and Dailies colorist, photographer, cinematographer, and digital capture expert. Early in his career, he was an advertising fashion and beauty photographer. In 2001, he opened a digital capture boutique in New York (Digital Tech NYC), later venturing over to digital cinema and becoming an instructor for REDucation. Today, he leads his own DIT On-Set Dailies workshops across the US and as far away as Ireland.


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Portrait Style with Aperture and Lens: Free Webinar 3/20 at 1 PM EDT

Portrait Style with Aperture and Lens

Watch our free webinar on Portrait Style with Aperture and Lens hosted by Joe Brady!

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Many photographers prefer to capture portraits based on a certain look and depth-of-field to create a sense of softness. This approach can produce beautiful results when you have a clear understanding of how the lens focal length, aperture and size of the subject in the frame affect what is in-focus and what is not. You may like to think your favorite aperture is f/4, but what does that really mean as you change lenses and the distance to the subject?

You also need to be careful of exposure as the risk of clipping highlights and shadows can ruin an otherwise great shot. Join host Joe Brady as he explores how these elements affect a portrait both in the studio and outside using natural light.

Sponsored by Sekonic, watch our on-demand webinar and after finding the best focal length and aperture for a shot, see how you can set the best numbers for that perfect exposure.

Equipment List:
1 Bowens Streamlite 530
Silver Reflector
Sekonic L-478DR
Sekonic L-308S
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Camera: Sony a-99 Camera
Lens: Sony 24-70mm, Sony 70-200mm, Minolta 50mm 1.4

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Beautiful Portraits with Continuous Light: Free Webinar 2/27 at 1:00 PM EST

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Watch our free webinar on Beautiful Portraits with Continuous Light hosted by Joe Brady!

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They run hot, the color spectrum is off and the light is uneven from continuous light kits – isn’t it? Don’t you need to use studio strobes for beautiful portraits?

If you thought that was the case, you’ll be surprised to see how continuous lights can be both beautiful and easy to use. Join host Joe Brady as he uses a single Bowens Streamlite 530, a reflector and a Sekonic L-478DR light meter in a simple yet effective studio set.

You’ll see the benefits a light meter can bring to this type of lighting by providing the information you need to get it right in camera. Only a light meter can accurately measure the directional light that is illuminating your subject – no missed shots, no missed opportunities, perfect exposure every time.

Watch our on-demand webinar and learn the tools and techniques that allow you to create beautiful portraits with continuous lights.

Equipment List:
Sekonic L-478DR
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
1 Bowens Streamlite 530
2 Bowens 10 ft. Air Cushioned Lighting Stands
Limelite Mosaic Solo On-Camera LED light
Silver Reflector
Benro Travel Angel II Carbon Fiber
Sony a-99 with 24-70mm lens & 70-200mm len

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The Biggest Advantage of Natural Light

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The biggest advantage of natural light is the price. It is readily available and doesn’t cost much to harness or enhance. Also, creating an effective lighting setup can be achieved by simply observing and making adjustments. If nothing changes and everything can be accomplished in one shoot, one can probably get away with this method.

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Sekonic C-500 Color Meter

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Sekonic L-308DC with Sure-Grip Rubber Skin

Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple. As professional photographers and filmmakers we can’t rely on clouds, having enough windows, or even the weather forecast. We often need to shoot over extended periods of time, and tear down and reproduce scenes shot days or weeks before.

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We wouldn’t get much done if we had to wait for the perfect sunset every time we needed an exterior dialog scene for a romantic piece. Or, if for continuity’s sake, we had to shoot in chronological order, chasing the sunlight, and at the same exact location.

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In order to make an average shot more sophisticated and deliver a higher production value to our clients, we need to understand the importance of key lighting concepts and techniques, and rely on essential tools like Sekonic’s light meters and color meters. Without them, everything is a simple guess.

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I just released an online course on titled “Lighting Design for Video Productions” where I cover all these concepts and more. If you haven’t already, please follow me on Twitter (@EA_Photo), and join me on Facebook at Eduardo Angel Visuals.

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Sell More Online with Great Product Photography: co-sponsored Webinar 12/12 at 1pm EST


We co-sponsored this webinar by Bowens with awesome host Joe Brady - Sell More Online with Great Product Photography

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If you want to sell items on eBay, Etsy, your own website or anywhere else online, having a great photograph of your cool stuff will increase its appeal and sell-ability.

Join host Joe Brady as he takes you through the process of small product photography from set up to capture to edit. Joe will demonstrate the new Bowens Streamlite Cocoon Kit that makes producing pro quality photographs simple and consistent.

For those of you selling jewelry, clothing and small artwork, accurate color is extremely important so that your customers will know what they are purchasing. With a Sekonic L-308S Light Meter, see how to get perfect and consistent exposures every time. Then by including the Colorchecker Passport from X-Rite, Joe will show how to create a custom profile for the lights so that every item displays its full color perfectly. Using Adobe Lightroom, you will also learn how to shoot directly into a laptop, have the color and white balance adjusted automatically and then have JPEGs of the appropriate size sent off to an image folder with one click of the mouse.

BONUS! Until 12/19 you can enter to win a lighting kit featured in this webinar!

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Dave Londres’ Sekonic L-308

Check out this great IN MY BAG post on The Photo Brigade.


“I can show up to an assignment with everything I might need.” – Dave Londres

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Take The Sekonic Challenge

Have you ever felt a little trepidation when the off-camera flashes come out? A little tickle of doubt about how complicated it is to get the exposures right?

Well doubt no more – we have the perfect training course for you!



What does that mean? Simple. Stop relying on your LCD and start using an exposure meter to measure and control your lights.

GET ON BOARD HERE. Trust us, you will be happy you went through Sekonic Boot Camp.


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Webinar: Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time


Webinar: Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time
Original Air Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 1pm EDT
Presenter: Joe Brady

Photography is magical. You can use your camera to capture a fleeting moment and a passage of time in a single photograph.

In this free webinar, sponsored by Sekonic, Joe Brady will show you how to produce powerful and captivating images that combine flowing motion and amazing detail in outdoor scenic shots that include water. Then he will bring his camera into town to record locations over minutes to demonstrate how the flow of action creates results that are both telling and eerie.

Joe will be using the Sekonic L-758DR light meter to show you how easy it is to get the perfect exposure information to make your flowing landscape – even when the exposure runs into seconds and even minutes to get the look you want.

Key tools for long exposures include neutral density filters and sturdy tripods. Joe will show how to use them and introduce you to some of his favorite support systems from both Benro and Induro to ensure that the static parts of the scene remain tack sharp.

The images created are fun and exciting, so watch it on demand for this informative and inspiring session.

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