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Fear photographed © Benjamin Kanarek

The “How Did You Do That?” Question

I am often asked the question, “How Did You Do That?” I could very simply answer the question which I often do and the results that person gets isn’t what he/she was expecting. If I talk about post production, yes the actions on the image will be as I recommended, but when asked about the results of a shoot, I more often than not get a disappointing, “it doesn’t look like yours…!”
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Black Sky White Soul © Benjamin Kananrek

The “Umbrella Light” Controversy

I never would have expected that sharing my “generalist” view of a photography lighting technique could cause such a stir. Now in reading many of the responses to my essay, it seems that I could perhaps give greater clarification to what I stated.
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Blad Runner Lighting Photo © Benjamin Kanarek

Blade Runner Lighting… Sort Of

In the film Blade Runner, the lighting was strange and beautiful. It was also very challenging to the technicians. Making the actors look good under the type of lighting used was a real feat. Kino Flo lighting was often used and not conventionally.
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A Fashion Shoot in One Day… The Process

A Fashion Shoot in One Day… The Process I would like to describe the process of photo shoots that are done for either a magazine or advertising and what happens in the process. In most cases the steps are similar for all productions whether it is me or any other photographer. I will commence from […]
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Why I HATE Ummm…brella Lighting

Why I HATE Ummm…brella Lighting… If you want to get me to fall asleep, just show me some images shot with umbrella lighting. Now I am not talking Richard Avedon, because Richard Avedon did a lot more than capture images with a single  umbrella, he captured a moment that is so his signature, that anyone […]
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Model Camille Yi and Nicolas Ly in "In the Mood... " © Benjamin Kanarek

Continuous Lighting vs Flash Lighting in Fashion Photography… Part 5

In Part 4, we were left facing the subject, we had tested the light and had to determine the difference between the foreground and background intensity. You also had to decide how much of the principal subject was going to be lit. Now that you have done your test shots and are satisfied with how it looks, you can commence shooting with this very simple lighting set up.
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