Three portraits - one tutorial

This tutorial has 3 distinct portraits illustrating how to use hand held meters in order to exactly determine any image tone. > See tutorial

Glass Grenade

The joy of lighting art glass

Another superb piece of art glass from master glass blower Jeff Burnette. This piece had an amazing blend of metallic finish and warm transparency that made it a real pleasure to shoot! > See tutorial


This is my sister’s ride – I ride the bus…

I love shooting cars – especially ones like this. It’s a tough car to shoot as there are very few seams to use as natural dividers for your lighting – the body is all one piece. Actually, I ride a motorcycle. > See tutorial


Multi-cultural composite.

This tutorial looks at an image where fairly significant alterations (at least for me) were made to the model, both in her eyes and skin tones. > See tutorial


Where there's smoke, there's trickery

I’ve been asked by students a few times – how do you shoot someone smoking in an area where smoking’s not allowed? Here’s how to do it without pissing anyone off. > See tutorial

Beethoven Bust

Inspired by one of my favourite movies

This image is all about the shadows – the contents are simply props. It’s a wonderfully simple production shot on film, with no Photoshop involved. Photoshop didn’t exist when this was shot! > See tutorial

Liquid Flow Image

A study in shadow edges

This image was created as an example of how flags and gobos can be used to manipulate the edge of a shadow. Hard and soft lighting are not the only things that affect shadow quality. > See tutorial

Miss Train Wreck

Yes, That's a snot bubble.

Students often ask me how particular photographers produce their work. This image takes a look at the lighting and post-production often used by Jill Greenberg in her commercial portraits. > See tutorial

Wedding Shoot

Always the photographer, never the bride

This tutorial is designed to show how you can use light fall-off to add a wonderful sense of drama to your lighting. It is also a good example of how to problem solve when things don’t go as planned! > See tutorial

Typewriter Music

ProTool's 1st Iteration

This tutorial highlights some of the careful planning required for complex composites, as well as some interesting ethics regarding derivative artworks as this image is derived from an existing illustration by Matt Leyen. > See tutorial

Susan's Portrait

Yes - this is a portrait.

This is the first of a series of conceptual or illustrative still life portraits I have shot. I tend to shy away from typical smiley face portraits - and this is as far away as I could get. > See tutorial


It doesn't get anymore important than this.

My last opportunity to take a portrait of my parents, and only the most time honoured methods would do. > See tutorial


Cross-Processed Portrait

One of the beauties of working with film was using alternative processing techniques. These can be emulated in Photoshop, but it's never quite the same. > See tutorial


Cancelled Ad Campaign :)

Unusual lighting for a car photograph - almost no specular highlights on the body, and we pulled it off with nothing more than a single 12 X 12 scrim and some seamless paper! > See tutorial

67 Corvette

This is goin' beside my Farrah Poster!

Ok I'm off by a decade, but it's still a great subject to show how to shoot big shiny things! > See tutorial


1 tutorial - 3 very different portraits

These portraits were designed as both an artistic exercise as well as an example of how to create the illusion of 3 dimensionality with lighting tones. > See tutorial

Hospital Knights

Pills for the confusion

Sometimes you just have to let ideas go where they're gonna go - shoot first, conceptualize later, and try not to analyze your psyche too much. > See tutorial

Raven Skull

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary

This images uses both Projected Light and Painting with Light along with about $30 worth of lighting equipment! > See tutorial

Ray Gun

Shooting a Cosmic Killing Machine

This tutorial looks at the fantastic challenges of shooting fine art glass with all its reflectivity, curves, depth and beautiful colour! > See tutorial

Inner City Gemsbok

This was a nice town... till the Gemsbok came

Letting your imagination roam can be a bit surprising. The challenge behind this shot was that I had no control over any of the lighting; I had to simply wait for the right conditions. > See tutorial


Key-Shifted Beauty Light

In this tutorial the lighting technique Key Shifting has been used to create a beauty shot that needed minimal retouching. There was actually no retouching at all on her skin. > See tutorial


Lighting Curved Reflective Surfaces

Jewelry of any form can be a wonderful challenge to shoot, not only are the surfaces reflective, but they are curved so they reflect your entire studio! > See tutorial

Buffalo Trace

Not a Trace of Buffalo In It :(

Liquor photography always poses a challenge to shoot! The only way this shot could be produced is through composite imaging. It would not be possible to do this lighting in a single shot. > See tutorial


Metallic Portrait

This portrait uses metallic make-up on the subject to give a very unusual specular quality to the subject’s skin. > See tutorial


Gimme 1/2 George Bush 1/2 Dick Cheney

A slightly bent portrait where all is not what it appears to be! It's all in the eyes, and if you understand lighting theory, you should be able to solve the mystery. > See tutorial

Baby Face

Still life concept based on evolution

This tutorial explores composite imaging in-camera - there is no Photoshop used in this shot. The image was shot on film with an 8X10 view camera in one long exposure. > See tutorial

Free Sample Tutorial

Take one of our tutorials for a test drive!

A quirky still tutorial that covers sculpting highlights with scrims, using grids, back-lighting backgrounds and creating digital composites. > See tutorial

1st Guitarist

Part flesh, part wax and some incredible scenery

A composite image using absurdist humour, this tutorial explores the challenge of matching lighting to bring multiple images together in a seamless way. > See tutorial