Posts Tagged ‘photography lighting’

Black and White Photography Lighting

In this episode, Mark explains how to best light a subject for black and white photography and get dramatic results. Learn how adjusting the position of light can change contrast in relation to the subject. Mark walks you through studio exercises to fully illustrate the relationship of shape and color.

Strobes vs. Speed Lights

Mark discusses the differences on strobes vs. speed lights in this video.  Enjoy!

Using Flash On Location

In this episode Mark explains how to balance studio strobes with ambient light when shooting outside.

Karl Taylor Talks Light

Karl Taylor talks about the four main categories of light and lighting.  Enjoy!

Natural light tutorial

Hi There!  I came across this natural light tutorial and thought that you might enjoy it.  By the way, I just added my popular Natural Light Project to the members side of Shuttermom University!  Be sure to check it out.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you there.

Meet Greg Lumley

I recently did an interview with photographer Greg Lumley.  We became facebook friends and I really admire his gorgeous wedding photography!  Hope you enjoy the images and reading a little about Greg.  His website may be found at  For more photography and business tips and coaching, come visit us at Shuttermom University.

SM:  Tell us a little about you (where are you from, are you married, do you have kids, etc.)
Married with two children one 8 and the other is 18months, both girls! That’s going to be fun a little later ;)

SM: What made you get into photography?
GL: I’ve always had a “thing” for capturing time, I tried to take photos when I was a lot younger but neither of my parents were particularly interested so it never really got fed. I remember taking photos of this amazing Jackson 5 video on TV as a teenager, they had all this stardust they were throwing it looked amazing for the time, I tried to capture it using an instamatic on with ASA 100 film and full flash, I had no clue what I was doing… I was quite disappointed when the photos came back, the TV was “off.”

SM:  When and how did you start your photography business
About 5 years ago, before that I worked as a Sound engineer in the TV industry for 10 years (I think this is where a lot of my photographic influence came from, I was always interested in lighting and directing people) Eventually I got bored with the TV industry and got into programming, sounds like a strange change but by then everything was running on computers and I wanted to learn more. It was my first daughter that really kicked it off… I got fed up with missing shots because of slow cameras so I spent a little more money and bought a digital SLR… as my shots got better people started to ask me if I would shoot portraits and events.

SM:  What is the most rewarding thing about photographing weddings?
Being appreciated so much for what I love doing and being hired for what I do and my style and way of doing it.

SM:  What is the most difficult thing about photographing weddings?
I’m sure every wedding photographer answers the same: It’s a once off event, if the light is awful or someone steps into your shot as the bride walks down the aisle you have to deal with it, there is no going back.

SM:   Do you have a studio?
I don’t have  a studio, most of my work is done on location, I’ve got 5 Alien Bee studio lights (including a Ring Light) and a Vagabond portable power supply.

SM:   What type of photography do you like doing best?
That’s a difficult one, I’d say the biggest satisfaction is getting that shot that I would be proud to show my piers is what drives me most, it could be Weddings, Fashion or Landscape. What I specifically like about wedding photography is that I’m working with people and I’m not limited in my creativity, I’m the Creative Director.

SM:  What type of photography do you do most?
Weddings without a doubt!

SM:  What is your photography style?
Stunning and spontaneous! That’s what I tell my clients anyway, I like shooting dramatic different work using off camera lighting a lot but there is nothing better than getting a great natural moment on camera!

SM:   Do you remember the first wedding you shot? Tell us about it.
Yes it was a friend’s wedding,  she had a low budget and could not afford the “big guys”, years later I’m a lot better but even now I’m not unhappy with what I gave her. What I remember most is the stress! I still stress but because of the experience I have I’m a lot more controlled and know what to expect even when the unexpected happens.

SM:   What type of marketing do you do to get wedding clients?
Mostly word of mouth and my website, I cannot emphasise how important it is to have a good website that is updated regularly! I also brand all low res images supplied to the client because many of them appear on Facebook.

SM:   What are some of your favourite places to shoot?
That’s a good one, I’d say anywhere with interesting people and architecture a few years ago I went to Argentina, the culture change was amazing and so were the people, it was so easy to get really great pictures!! I’d love to go to Cuba or Mexico or New Orleans.

SM:  What is your advice for aspiring wedding photographers?

GL: a. Know what you are going to shoot and when!,

b. Shoot manually when you are in low pressure situations, experiment (not at a paid wedding!!!)

c. If you don’t know what “M”,”AV”,”TV” mean or how to use them call the bride and tell her to find another photographer.

d. Don’t mess around with cheap equipment it is generally slow to focus and will lose you shot after shot apart from the fact that the lenses are slow.

e. Expect the unexpected

f. If you don’t have a backup camera call the bride up and tell her to find another photographer!

g. Shoot the wedding like it were your own but remember, it’s not your wedding!

h. Be prepared, have backup gear, I’ve had a flash break on me as well as one of my camera’s because I had backups they bride never knew anything was wrong.

14. What do you like to do outside of photography?
Films and socialising, we’ve got a great group of friends and my wife loves watching movies too.

SM:   Who are some photographers that you admire?
There are so many brilliant people out there, but:

Weddings: Ben Chrisman I love that he is extremely creative but also captures the most incredible joy in his shots

Editorial: Joe McNally, everybody loves Joe! He shows just what can be done with a bag full of equipment and limited time and I’m an off camera flash addict!

Portraiture: Sam Jones, damn this guy is good, he is brilliant at avoiding the obvious, his concepts are so clever!

Candid and photojournalism: Alfred Eisenstadt, he was one of the originals to recognise and capture moments, many people won’t have any idea who he is but they will all know at least one of his images.

SM:   What is in your camera bag?
2x Canon 5d MII (I really  love the low light ability of this camera!!)
1x 24-105 f4 IS (I love this lens for the 5d’s I’ve never really had the urge to get the 24.70 2.8 because the IS excellent and the reach is too) my ideal lens would be the 24-105 “2.8” IS (it would probably be the size of a small barrel!)
1×17-40 f4 – Great wide lens

1×70-200 2.8 IS this lens is incredible, it’s incredibly sharp and a pleasure to use.

1×100mm 2.8 Macro – although this is not a “pro” lens this thing is incredibly quick to focus and use in low light for people shots! Of course it’s a macro too which does not hurt!

1x 8mm MC peleng fisheye – this is more of a toy and personally I prefer it on a 40D or anything that has a 1.6 multiplier, it suffers from flare like you can’t believe but get it into the right situation and it’s very good for its money.

Polariser for my L-Lenses

Canon 580ex MII Flash
Canon 430ex Flash
4x Pocket Wizard Plus2’s

1x Pocket Wizard TT5 (more so I can have pocket wizard and an on camera flash for fill when I need it)

2x Nikon sb28’s (Yes you got it NIKON!) since I use them on manual with my pocket wizards it does not matter that they don’t “talk” to my canon and they are only used for off camera flash.

Thanks, Greg!  Be sure to check out Greg’s website at and his blog at

Should You Use Umbrellas Or Softboxes For Your Studio Work?

Wondering which will work best for you -  umbrellas or softboxes for your strobes?  The video below should help you out.  Enjoy, and be sure to visit for more photography business tips and coaching.

Watch this photographer shooting an outdoor portrait

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share this video of a photographer at work - shooting an outdoor portrait using both natural light and strobes.  I always learn something new by watching other photographers, so I wanted to share it with you.  Remember, for photography business coaching, be sure to visit, and for help with your own natural light portraits, check out  Enjoy the video, and keep reading below for more shuttermom news.

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