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April 2012 Digital Dogbowl

Inferno Is Around The Corner!

Using Window Light by James Hodgins

I think window light was the first light source most photographers used when creating their indoor portraits. It was free, easy to use, and in most cases a nice soft pleasing light source. With just one window, you can create a series of different portraits that are quick, unique and easy. For my window light portraits I like to use BIG reflectors like the 42 inch Interfit reflector from Dury's , or

in my studio I always have the Flat Panel Reflector with stand this makes it easy to lighten up the shadows and get some big catchlights in the eyes. When using

a window as my main light source, I typically have my subject at a 45-degree angle while I stand parallel to the window. I will then bring in one of my large reflectors on the opposite of the window to lighten up the shadow side of the face caused by the window light. This will give that nice soft lighting transition from the hightlight to the shadow side

of my subject.

windowlight cont'd.

Hot Topics On The Forum

  • How To Deal With Rich Bargain Hunters - "A past newborn client is looking to book me again for a mini session with her 2 yr old now & a newborn session later on (she is expecting next month). This client was the very first client that i sold digital files two yrs ago. At the time, her & hubby really wanted digital files. I was put on the spot so i quickly made up a number, they haggled & i gave a slight discount (yeah i know)." Rich

  • Anyone Following The David Jay... - "Here is a link to the controversy about spray/pray photography. Thoughts anyone?" Spraying

  • Announcing a few new webinar series - "We're gonna call one the No Bs Town Hall. A round table discussion with a panel of experts. I will set a date, but first need a panel. I was thinking Senior portraits. Emailing the Harringtons. and Tyson...anyone else wanna throw their hats in the ring?"New Webinars

  • Rip Off Venting - "I want to preface this post by saying I'm not looking for ideas or solutions here - just venting. I'm not going to do anything about this, as it will fuel things…just letting off steam.

    For the past couple of years, there has been a photographer fairly local to me (about an hour and a touch away) who has been…ahem…following my work. That's the charitable explanation. Another way of putting it is he's been ripping off not only my ideas, but my processing style and finish to my artwork too.

    It's annoying, but when you put yourself out there and teach, some people can't take the lessons and spin their own web, rather they just flat out copy." Be Original


  • Announcing the NoBS Bull Pen Print Competition - "Starting our first one on May 17th, 9:00PM EDT
    Our moderator is Marc Durocher. Our judges so far, Robert Provencher and James Hodgins We need two more? Anyone? Should be well versed or qualified in the print judging salon standards of PPOC or PPA or similar experience such as WPPI.
    We're using two-tiered approach, judging based on traditional rules and also on sellability. This approach will be more relevant and educational in the critique portion.
    Join us or send in your images and play along. Either way, you'll learn a ton!" Go For It!

Fairy Composite

Put away your fairy dust as Rob will show you there's no magic to making a Fairy Portrait Composite. To watch this video, click this NoBS link.

Upcoming Webinar: Kelly Scaccia

Join us on April 26, 2012 for a must-see Front Line webinar. In this hour-long webinar, Kelly Scaccia will reveal some of the strategies she's been using, and some favorite images from recent sessions. Find the registration link here.

Video: Creating Pricelists on PS

Want to learn how to create your price list in Photoshop? Here's a 20-minute instructional video brought to you by NoBS co-founder Rob Provencher. To view the vid, click here.

Webinar Replay: Craig Minielly Nikon TTL Flashes

Last month, Photoshop action trailblazer and photographer extraordinaire, Craig Minielly, presented his techniques on doing TTL off camera flash with Nikon flashes. If you missed the webinar, you can catch a replay here.