I love this time of year. I will typically spend the week between Christmas and New Years every reflecting on last year and setting goals for the upcoming year. I find this really clears my mind and gets me ready for the new year. I was excited to find this video from the legendary Zig [...]
How much retouching is to much? Here’s what the guys over at Global Democracy have to say about it. What are your thoughts? We all now know that seeing thousands of “perfect” body types in the mass media is having negative affects on young girls and more. Airbrushing as a practice should be discouraged when it transforms [...]
Hi guys, Hope everyone is having a good day. I just finished editing this image for a new training video I am working on about Mastering Studio Lighting. This shot was taken during a set-up where I was demonstrating a butterfly lighting pattern. Butterfly lighting is frequently used in creating fashion and glamour head shots. [...]
This is a shot I took a couple months ago for a training video I was shooting. I thought shooting the black dress on the black background would have a lot of impact. The key when shooting a black object on a black background is to create separation from the background. The best way to [...]
This shot was taken during a seminar at my studio a last month ago with Rick Ferro. It was raining outside and we had promise as part of the class to do some available light shooting. So we placed the subject next to the window in the lobby. Window light is one of the most beautiful [...]
I love the look of the old style Hollywood glamour photographers from the 50′s and love the lights they used. Yesterday I just found and purchased an old Photogenic – Varibeam Fresnel 1000 watt light to add to my collection of lights. It is great for getting the lighting used in the 40s and 50s [...]
This is a shot I took a couple week ago for a training video I was shooting for StudioStyles. I thought shooting the black dress on the black background would have a lot of impact. The key when shooting a black object on a black background is to create separation from the background. The best [...]
This set-up was done using 5 tungsten continuous light sources. The lights used for this set up are Photogenic Mini-spots. These lights are a lot of fun to work with, and provide a will you can only achieve with his style of lighting. We use these lights a lot for Hollywood style glamour and when [...]
Studio lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to get great results. This is a simple 1 light set-up using a Bogen MonoSpot aimed directly at the subject Check out the pull-back shot below to see my exact lighting set-up. I was sitting on the stool in the bottom left of the frame. I started right [...]
HI Guys, I just did this entire session with about $20 worth of lighting. Here’s the deal – I’ve have been getting a lot of e-mail’s from newer photographers saying things like.. if I only had all the equipment you had etc… I could produce the same results. This got me thinking (which is very [...]
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I am an award winning photographer, trainer, speaker and primary trainer at StudioStyles.net. I am CEO of Luter Enterprises, a company that operates several photography business. These business include several studios, a commercial photo lab, and a digital photography system integration company.
This is my personal blog (hobby). I love the training teaching side of the business. It is focused on things that interest me photographically and things I am currently working on. My mission is to help you become a better more passionate photographer. I blog on photography tips and techniques, behind the scenes, industry trends, and will be posting many How To articles. Occasionally I will write about things I find interesting that does't fit neatly into one of these categories.
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- Creating Glamourous Head Shots December 14, 2010
- Shop Light Photography September 24, 2012
- Top Photography Apps for the iPad June 29, 2010
- Lighting WIth Reflectors July 8, 2010
- Using Slow Shutter Speed to Create Movement December 6, 2010
- Setting Goals for 2014 December 28, 2013
- Body Evolution – Model Before and After November 5, 2013
- Butterfly Lighting Pattern October 3, 2013
- Lighting Black On Black October 1, 2013
- Window Light Photography April 16, 2013