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9 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 5,012 views
The Story Behind the Image: Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange

In the first in a new series of articles, Steve Aves looks at the story behind an iconic image. This month he takes a closer look at Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’.

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10 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 7,512 views
Bowens 400 RX Review

Accidents happen, especially in studios, often caused by eager photographers who forget to disconnect the sync lead from their camera and pull over their flash head. It happens all the time and accounts for a high percentage of expensive repairs. That’s why triggering flash cordless is such a good idea.

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2 Nov 2012 | 5 Comments | 6,072 views
Wex Guide to Lighting Options: Studio Flash

In the final installment of our 4-part Guide to Lighting Options, Steve Aves will unravel the mysteries of studio flash, starting with the basics. You’ll learn how these kits work, key features to look out for and guidance for deciding how much power you need from a studio lighting kit.

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2 Nov 2012 | One Comment | 5,460 views
Wex Guide to Lighting Options: Continuous Lighting

In the third section of our 4-part Guide to Lighting Options, Steve Aves explains the basics of using continuous lighting sources and the key differences between using Tungsten and Fluorescent lights. Each have slightly different characteristics and within those groups the choice for the photographer seems enormous.

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2 Nov 2012 | 3 Comments | 6,043 views
Wex Guide to Lighting Options: LED Panels

In the second of our 4-part Guide to Lighting Options, Steve Aves explains the basics of using LED panels for lighting. LED panels are the new kids on the block as they’ve only been on the market a relatively short time. As the technology has improved, so the models have improved and the LED market is now in much better shape.

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2 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments | 11,065 views
Wex Guide to Lighting Options: Flashguns

In the first of our 4-part Guide to Lighting Options, Steve Aves explains the basics of using on-camera flash. Of course, the three main benefits of flashguns have to be portability, ease of use and cost but how should buy one and are there any downsides?

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26 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 3,098 views
Everything Was Moving: photography of the 60’s & 70’s

Everything Was Moving is the title of the latest photographic exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London. The exhibition documents two decades; the 60’s and 70’s through the lenses of twelve influential photographers and each one shows us a window through which we can view those turbulent times.

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22 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 6,603 views
Guide to Grids & Snoots

Shooting in the studio has many benefits and having total control over your lighting is one of them. You can let your imagination run wild and visualise endless ways to shoot your subject. That’s the fascination for me, using any number of different accessories to create subtle effects and mood changes.

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29 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 6,919 views
Shooting Still Life – Flowers

Following on from my last article about shooting still life work on a table, I want to move on from that and take the techniques I used a step further. For this article I want to show you how easy it is to shoot flowers against a completely white background, working again on a table top with just two lights.

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16 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 15,250 views
Bowens Pulsar Tx Review

Bowens have just released a new version of the very popular Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger, a system that allows you to shoot cordless without a sync lead. Designed to work with the Bowens Gemini Classic, the Gemini R and the Gemini Pro range, it replaces the older style transmitter with a brand new mini version.