Category: Photography

Equipment for photographing in a pizzeria

Packing the right gear is for me the last stage of a process where I try and understand the least I can use to get the look that I want. In the pizzeria I wanted to achieve a good backlight

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The best lighting for pizza

Pizza is food so, traditionally, benefits from (moderate) backlighting. Pizza is also large and flat: a large(r) and flat light source was my choice. The Elinchrom Rotalux 90x110cm softbox, placed about 30cm above the pizza, slightly angled, was large enough

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Warm, soft light for food, with one light source

I would not call a 90x110cm Elinchrom softbox “portable”, however I set for myself the limit of one light source or when I want to shoot food outside of my studio, and albeit I tried and get the results that

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Morning light for food

How I re-created in studio some natural-looking morning light for food photography.

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Headshot portrait in “chiaroscuro” style

Simple light scheme for a chiaroscuro headshot

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Strobes in continuos-light mode for shallow-focus effect

Studio strobes can be used in continuos light mode with their modelling lamp, which obviously give a lower light output than the flashes. Besides videos, this mode can be used in combination of large lens apertures in order to have

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Attaching a smartphone to a bicycle

This is how I attached my iPhone to the handlebar of my bike, using equipment normally found in photographic studios (not specifically designed for bicycles). The… contraption is made of three elements: one Manfrotto Superclamp one Manfrotto spigot one smartphone

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The “inverse square law” has nothing to do with photography

Why has the «inverse square law» has nothing to do with photography? Actually, it has everything to do indeed, but it is often (always?) misquoted. The inverse square law is a law of physics that tells, basically, that the intensity

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Studio light scheme for portraits with fog

Fog (“smoke”) is unreliable because dosing it is difficult. You may find your perfect f-stops and light power settings, but the variability introduced by a fog machine will force you to try and try again. Of course, fog must be

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Four light sources (and one reflector) for portraits that pop

I am taking advantage of the new large gridded softbbox and I have slightly complicated the light scheme that I have described here. The simple yet effective modifications are: Added a flashgun, placed on the floor, between the subject and

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