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Bruce Dorn has been involved in the visual arts thirty-five years. Bruce’s photographic career began in 1973 when Conde Nast publishing named him as a Guest Art Director of Mademoiselle Magazine. After opening a studio on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Bruce immediately began to shoot photo essays for a variety of fashion, business, and news magazines. He soon expanded his services to include both Annual Report and Advertising photography. In 1976, Bruce was offered a position as a lecturer at the Fine Art campus of Indiana and Purdue University...

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Exploring Light, Discovering Style: A Lighting Tutorial

Part 13, Lesson 11: Pre-Light, Then Refine

By Bruce Dorn | July 06, 2011

Concept: "Rough-in" a general lighting scheme, then fine-tune for emerging opportunities.Tools: Studio Strobes+Chinese Lantern+Scrim+Reflector

Action: This is a complex-looking solution which is really quite simple and extremely versatile. By lighting for the space, rather than to a specific pose, I was able to quickly bang-out everything from full-length gown shots to close-up details.

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Exploring Light, Discovering Style: A Lighting Tutorial

Part 12, Lesson 10: Manage Intensity

By Bruce Dorn | May 03, 2011

Concept: Control light fall-off to balance intensity.Tools: Two Softboxes+Studio Strobe

Action: I love the figure in repose. Long and languid, it always inspires my subjects to a bit of theatricality. All I need is room to stretch out and a few proper tools...

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Environmental Portraiture Workshop - A Few Seats Left

Hosted in Sedona, Arizona

By Bruce Dorn | April 19, 2011

I am really excited to say that the Environmental Portraiture workshop I am teaching at has sold out for Saturday, Mat 7th. There's still a few seats left for Sunday, May 8th - we have beautiful landscapes and beautiful models to work with, so if you are in the area head to Canon's site to find out more information and sign up: EOS Destination Workshops

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Part 11, Lesson 9: Embrace Serendipity

By Bruce Dorn | April 11, 2011

Concept: Have a plan, but try to embrace the unexpected.Tools: Fresnel Focusing Spot+Unexpected Sungun

Action: I suspected that this balcony and stairs could provide a tasty composition and felt that a single directional source should create a crisp and glamorous lighting pattern. After rigging a single undiffused Mole-Richardson "InBetweenie" Tungsten Solarspot, it was a snap to balance to the room and we were soon ready to shoot.

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Environmental Portraiture Workshop in Sedona, Arizona

By Bruce Dorn | April 06, 2011

What's better than springtime in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Well, the same location with professional models to photograph, plenty of nifty Canon gear to play with, and a generous instructor to lean on...

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Exploring Light, Discovering Style: A Lighting Tutorial

Part 10, Lesson 8: Spotlight For Emphasis

By Bruce Dorn | March 28, 2011

Concept: Cast a tight beam for theatrical emphasis.Tools: Two 200w Mole InBetweenie SolarSpots

Action: This image was created within the tight confines of a tiny and ornate lavatory. The faux-painted walls and gilded accessories found in this space assured that uncontrolled reflections would abound if an unfocussed light source was introduced. Too much output from our supplemental source could wreak havoc as well...

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Exploring Light, Discovering Style: A Lighting Tutorial

Part 9, Lesson 7: Light from Within

By Bruce Dorn | March 25, 2011

Concept: Supplemental light sources can be exceptionally effective when hidden within the scene.Tools: Kino Flo Daylight Single

Action: This situation featured a mix of indirect-daylight and a handful of 10-watt incandescent "flame" globes controlled by a wall dimmer. The juxtaposition of the two very different color balances sounded fun, but the broad disparity in candlepower was a challenge for both eye and sensor.

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Part 8, Lesson 6: Considering Color

By Bruce Dorn | March 14, 2011

Concept: Carefully consider your color palette when mixing light sources. Tools: Daylight Fluorescent+Softbox+Natural ReflectorAction: This scenario was a perfect opportunity to work with one of my favorite new lighting instruments, the Westcott Spiderlite TD5 in a matching Westcott 36" x 48" softbox. Although the Spiderlite may be fitted with Edison-based AC-powered strobes or 3200K tungsten globes, I chose the third option and installed a full set of Westcott's daylight-balanced fluorescent lamps. Read More

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Part 7, Lesson 5: Optimize Architecture

By Bruce Dorn | February 28, 2011

Concept: Utilize your set's architectural opportunities.Tools: Monolight+Large Softbox+Full-Length ReflectorAction: The framing in this situation was a gift. The symmetry of the architecture - mixed with loads of interesting detail in the d©cor - presented an opportunity that was impossible to pass by. The only available light was that which emitted from an ornate hanging fixture and the two small windows we've mentioned before. Read More

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Part 7, Lesson 4: Creating Depth

By Bruce Dorn | February 15, 2011

Concept: Place pools of light to create a sense of depth.Tools: Monolight+Two Speedlites+Two Strobe Slippers+SoftboxesAction: The rather deep staging of this scene poses a specific challenge. With one player in the immediate foreground and the other well back in the space, appropriate depth-of-field would be a primary consideration. Read More

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Behind the Scenes with Tyler Stableford

Behind the Scenes with Tyler Stableford

By Bruce Dorn | February 09, 2011

I recently traveled to Carbondale, Colorado (just outside of Aspen) to document one of my fellow Explorers at work. Canon Explorer of Light, Tyler Stableford, an Action/Adventure shooter of considerable talent, recently shot some compelling ice climbing sequences for the outdoors clothing manufacturer, Patagonia. Tyler has been named "One of the Seven World's Best Adventure Photographers" by Men's Journal Magazine and principally produces still imagery for his editorial and advertising clients. Read More

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Part 6, Lesson 3: Guide the Viewer's Eye

By Bruce Dorn | February 08, 2011

Concept: Use lighting to direct the eye and create emphasis within the frame.Tools: Monolight+SoftBox+Speedlite+Strobe SlipperAction: I was intrigued by the potential of creating a "long shot" in this location and that meant a bit of a lighting rethink would definitely be in order. I wanted to add a male figure to the set-up, but knew that the viewer's attention must continue to stay on the Bride. We started by removing the aforementioned Softbox and Boom Arm from the Slipper. Read More

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Part 5, Lesson 2: Accommodate Action

By Bruce Dorn | February 04, 2011

Concept: Use handheld flash for highly-mobile subjects.Tools: Two SoftBoxes+Speedlite+Strobe Slipper+MonolightAction: Simply turning 180 degrees revealed another potential composition. I needed to include detail shots throughout the day, so I thought I would take this moment to document one of the elaborate hairstyles. Read More

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Part 4, Lesson One: Don't Overwhelm, Enhance!

By Bruce Dorn | February 01, 2011

Concept: Tastefully supplement ambient light with the simplest of tools.Tools: Sungun Read More

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Part 3: "Vintage Glamour" - A Bridal Fashion Editorial

By Bruce Dorn | February 01, 2011

My mandate for this editorial shoot was to create a look that harkened back to an earlier era; a time when fashion poses were caricatures of reality and the lighting quite direct. While a more casual "lifestyle" look was considered, it was ultimately rejected in favor of this much more stylized approach. Read More

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Part 2: Quality, Direction, and Intensity

By Bruce Dorn | February 01, 2011

The intent of this instructional series is to equip you with the cognitive and structural tools necessary to begin your own personal exploration of light. If you are willing to invest the long-term effort, your personal observations, experimentation, and eventual instinctive responses may well evolve into a unique and recognizable style, creating a look that is yours and yours alone. Read More

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Part 1: Introduction

By Bruce Dorn | February 01, 2011

Photography is about composition. Photography is about where you stand, both physically and philosophically. It's about the magic that occurs when preparation meets opportunity. It's about being in the right place at the right time. It's about anticipating the right place and the right time. Read More

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New Gadgets for Speedlite Junkies!

New Gadgets for Speedlite Junkies!

Caution: Use of these products may be habit-forming!

By Bruce Dorn | March 26, 2009

With airline baggage restrictions growing tighter by the day, I've found myself with some tough choices when packing for "On Location" jobs. Oh sure, I'd love to drag along my beautiful Bron studio packs and heads but the cost of excessive baggage has become, well, excessive… I needed a more compact solution and have turned to speedlites for most of my smaller jobs. I'm sure I'm not the only one doing so because interest in good, solid speedlite work is the topic of much conversation everywhere I go. Whenever I do a demonstration shoot for Canon at one of the big photo trade shows I'm overwhelmed by the interest in speedlites; especially when they're applied with some sort of capable light modifiers… Read More

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Tigers Everywhere!

Tigers Everywhere!

Behind the Scenes with Extreme Make-Over, Home Edition

By Bruce Dorn | March 26, 2009

Here in the States we have an Emmy-winning reality show called "Extreme Make-Over, Home Edition." It airs on Sunday nights on the ABC network. The show's premise revolves around a team of volunteer home builders, craftsmen, and designers coming to the aid of a worthy but down-on-their-luck family. In each episode, the selected family receives a surprise door-knock at 7:00am on a Saturday morning. After reacting with justifiable glee, the family is herded into a limo and promptly packed off for a week-long vacation. While the family is away, a vast army of local volunteers joins the substantial EMHE production team to remodel or rebuild the family's home before they return the following Saturday Read More

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Big Brucie Bloviates at Macworld…

"Digital Art Pioneers and Trendsetters" - an Inspirational Panel on the Digital Arts

By Bruce Dorn | January 02, 2009

I wanted to take a moment to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year and mention a personal appearance that is just around the corner… I'll be winging my way to Macworld in San Francisco to participate in the Corel sponsored discussion panel entitled "Digital Art Pioneers and Trendsetters". The details were included in a press releases posted by Scott Gentry. I just thought that I would elaborate a bit…. {C} Read More

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