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20 Fabulous Light Graffiti Artists & Photographers

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Light graffiti is uniquely ephemeral and inextricably intertwined with the art of photography, sometimes even invisible to the naked eye and apparent only when captured on film. It is impermanent and its manifestations range from comical to sublime. The work of these twenty light graffiti artists spans the spectrum from humorously playful to deeply moving with everything in between.

Boston LIGHTSPEED extravaganza!


I’m on my way to Boston in two weeks – register now for these two events:

Make Light Real Workshop with Neil Cowley

Register online for two day intensive lighting workshop Boston May 5-6h

Two day workshop Workshop includes:

LIGHTSPEED Seminar Boston May 8th 

Get a firm handle on your workflow with Neil in Boston May 7th


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Motivation audio course

Motivation audio course

Understand photographic lighting from a new perspective

A perspective that empowers you to create, understand and succeed

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Listen to the full 1 hour live presentation by Neil of his introductory lecture for the Make Light Real Workshop. The lecture outline will take you on a thought-path that will not teach you the right answers, but the right questions. Listen through a guided meditation by Neil and move yourself into a higher plane of creativity when you put the principles to work.

2 Day Lighting & Portrait Workshop with JVS & Anne

Off Camera Flash by JVS » 2 Day Lighting & Portrait Workshop with JVS & Anne – October 7th & 8th

Ok so you ask who is JVS – that’s ok, I know you may not have heard about him, since he’s been living the happy life in Dallas ever since getting married and retiring to oh, 20-30 weddings a year.  Regrettably, the industry doesn’t reward true visionaries – it rewards self-promoters.  He’s the former…

Joseph Victor Stephanchek was there at the beginning.

The beginning of the cultural revolution of wedding photography, like circa 2000-2003.  And he did a good bit of the Sisyphean task of getting the wedding imagery market out of the doldrums.  

I know, you probably weren’t in the industry yet – but he’s not an old timer, he’s an innovator.  He’s a visionary – there’s nothing like the work he produces and shows. Pick a gallery from his documentary weddings portfolio and see if you’ve ever seen such an intense vision?

And lighting is not about technique.

It’s about vision!

Technique follows the vision, and so I recommend that you take a chance with your time and money, have a trip to Dallas and meet the man (and his woman).  Dallas really rocks the photography world, making NY jealous!  So all you New Yorkers better hop a plane and get some lessons to get yourselves back in the game!

2 Day Lighting & Portrait Workshop with JVS & Anne – October 7th & 8th

Now a little more about JVS:

The man can balance a handheld flash, with ambient like nobody’s business.  Which is just a statement that words don’t do justice to the creativity he can pull off with a 24mm lens and a shoe flash.  Proving the point lighting comes from vision – all the way up to the big guns, he can stun you with a powerpack as well!  So go to the workshop and get some info on anything from a Vivitar to a Profoto Pack.

Did I mention I wish I could go?  Tough thing is with my schedule, it’s hard to get an opening less than three months out.  This workshop is just three weeks out!  jump on it, 

And tell him Neil sent ya!

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Hear the shadows: Front and Back

Front and Back fashion bridal portrait

 Front and Back

Lighting is simply about contrast.

Contrast defines shapes.

Clearly seen either one will help you make a good picture.

If you’re a beginner, don’t be tricked by f-stops or ratios; remember to see what you’re interested in – and then get enough light on it to make a picture.  Don’t loose your muse, before you start.  Gaining complex lighting does not help you  gain a better picture.

Here I used an Alien Bee 800 set to minimum power with 30 degree grid spot on the standard 7 inch reflector. Roughly 6 feet from the model. You can see the falloff starting at about the hips.

Canon 1d – 50mm lens – f2.8

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