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Neil van Niekerk
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http://neilvn.com/tangents/about/books/

books on flash photography and photographic lighting

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Tips on what to look for when buying a video light for your photography.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/video-light-for-photography-video/ 

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New on the Tangents blog - a discussion on how to light a white seamless paper backdrop:

http://neilvn.com/tangents/lighting-a-white-seamless-studio-backdrop/
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The lighting pattern on the background here, is 100% in-camera, created with a gobo and a light-projection kit: the MagMod MagBeam Kit. So no Photoshop going on here (aside from mild retouching of skin blemishes.) Even that little bit of a halo around Anastasiya, is part of the effect. In-camera. With the test shots, I noticed there is a brightening of the pattern in the middle, so I placed Anastasiya directly on front of it. A bit of serendipity that I took advantage of.

Several articles on the Tangents blog about projection effects with gobos shows how you can use this to create a more interesting background without a backdrop. One more tool available to use to add some spice to our photos.

more details:

http://neilvn.com/tangents/using-magmod-magbeam/
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New on the Tangents blog - stepping through a photo session in the studio with RJ​, a professional scuba diver. We walk through a variety of lighting setups we used.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/studio-portrait-lighting-ideas/

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This video clip and photo shoot are the results of a discussion with a friend, Cate Scaglione, one of New Jersey’s best boudoir photographers. At a photography convention, the topic came up whether male and female photographers approach their subjects differently (whether male or female).

My take on this is that there is such a diverse range in styles and skill levels, that it would be impossible to make any clear grouping on styles depending on the photographer’s gender. Cate believes this does have an influence. And from that, the idea for this shoot originated.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/intimate-male-portraiture-two-perspectives/

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The motive behind this photo session with Nick Mathews, is explained in the intro of the behind-the-scenes video clip of the photo session. One subject, one studio, two photographers and two different styles. We shot this in Cate's studio - she used available light, and I ended up using two Profoto B1 flashes and Profoto light modifiers. Here is a selection of the images I shot.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/photo-session-intimate-male-portraiture/

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New on the Tangents blog - a guest post by Vicki Jauron​ with tips on wildlife photography and how it might just be accessible to you.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/tips-on-wildlife-photography/

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New on the Tangents blog:
A review of the Stella Pro 5000 & 2000 video lights.

These powerful video lights attracted a lot of attention at WPPI in Las Vegas, and I had the opportunity to play with a set of these lights in the studio.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/stella-pro-5000-2000-review/
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