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FYI Ambient lighting vs. manual flash: the [strobist] basics

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Off-camera flash is a great way to add drama and interest to a photo. Don’t get me wrong, ambient light can make great photos, but not always. In this example photo, to properly expose the motorcycle, I would have to blow out (bright white, no detail) the sky. I wanted a dramatic sky so I set up my strobes (Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX). Off-camera/manual flash can be intimidating at first but once you break down the process, it isn’t bad at all. (more…)

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FYI Adobe Lightroom 3 is 50% off until midnight!

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Simply put, Adobe Lightroom 3 is amazing. I used to do all of my post processing in Photoshop but then I gave Lightroom a shot and loved it. I’ve been using it since the Beta release and now I don’t want to be without it. It’s so powerful that I do most of my editing in LR3. If there’s an edit you really like, you can save those settings as a “preset” to apply to another photo with one click. (more…)

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FYI, Review New Photography Business Cards! spot UV/gloss

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While my DIY Business Cards were good in a pinch, I felt it was time to upgrade to “real” business cards. I wanted something that stood out so I opted for spot gloss accents (the stripes and “Jan Christian” on the back, or is that the front?) and rounded corners.

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FYI PhotoVision DVD Seminar Discount Code Coupon

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If you haven’t heard of PhotoVision, you should definitely check it out.

PhotoVision consists of 6 video DVDs a year, each with over 3 hours of educational content featuring leading photographers bringing you the latest and greatest things happening in the photographic industry. You’ll receive one DVD every other month to enjoy at your convenience in the comfort of your home or studio for one low annual price.

You’ll see photographic styles and techniques, lighting and posing, workflow, retouching, marketing, sales and business management. Join leading photographers in their actual working environments; see sessions with families, seniors, children, lifestyle, newborns, engagement, relationships, maternity, fashion, infants. Go on location and on actual weddings.

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FYI New URL!

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If you haven’t noticed, I changed the URL of my site. When I first created it, I wasn’t set on a name and to be honest, I’m still not. At least now it’s closer to the name I go by when shooting. People often asked me what ‘ambrotos’ of Ambrotos Photography meant. Ambrotos is Greek for ‘immortal’, which I thought was apropos for photography; every actuation of the shutter cements that one moment in time.

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DIY, FYI Design-Your-Own Custom Camera & Photography Gear Bags!

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As a photographer, I know all about the endless quest to find that perfect camera/accessory bag. Well what if you didn’t have to search for it and could have it made? I haven’t seen any places offer this so I might try to fill that niche, as I already have the tools and materials to do so.
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FYI Facebook page is up

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For all you facebookers out there, I started a Jan Christian Photography page. Now you can actually see some of my photos since I haven’t created the gallery here yet. Feel free to “Like” it or comment :)

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FYI It Begins!

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My photo gallery isn’t up yet but I can’t wait at least want to start adding some worthwhile content to the blog. Most of the posts will detail DIY projects but I may add some reviews, lighting diagrams or whatever other tidbits on photography that I think may be of interest to the masses. Feel free to comment, ask questions or make requests. Enjoy!
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