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Making a Photobooth

In this episode, Mark shows you how to create a photobooth setup for your next party or corporate gathering! The key to this is the white foam core boards, also known as V-flats or bookends. These allow the flash to bounce so you get great light from only one speedlight. You also should use a wide-angle lens to fit many people in the pictures!

Mark uses his PocketWizard PlusIII’s to trigger the camera and take fun pictures. If you don’t have wireless remotes, you can also use a shutter release cable to achieve the same results. Using Lightroom, Mark is able to quickly create a slideshow to show the guests their photos. In the next episode, Mark will show you how to do that to make a big impact at a party, corporate event or even a wedding.

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The Magic Lens

In this episode, Mark shows why the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens is his favorite!

With such shallow depth of field, this lens is great for getting out of a bind with undesireable backgrounds. The 85mm isn’t for everyone though, as it can be extremely difficult to get the focus where you want it with such shallow depth of field.

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White Paper Tricks

Mark explains why white seamless paper is so versatile in the studio. Using unique lighting and making something called a “gobo,” you can create different and exciting backgrounds that look like they were shot on black.

Seamless paper can be purchased in a variety of sizes and colors. Try using some of these techniques on different colors as well to see the effects you can get.

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Simple Soft Light

Join Mark as he demonstrates how to take great pictures in any environment with no flashes or reflectors. The key to great soft light outdoors is finding “open shade.” Mark travels around downtown Phoenix pointing out opportunities for great outdoor portraits.

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Smash, Flash and Freeze

Mark shows how to take photos that look “high speed” but were really taken with a long exposure and a flash! He’ll be smashing light bulbs, breaking eggs and dropping strawberries. With this simple setup, you can capture the motion of every smash and splash!

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