Jake Hicks

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Cinematic lens-flare filter comparison

Clearer, sharper, brighter! In recent years, we’ve spent a lot of money investing in expensive camera tech and lenses that produce flawless and crystal-clear imagery (ironically, that’s a dated expression given that we actually want images to be a lot clearer than crystal). But, is it really necessary? Do we really need to remove all […]

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How to negotiate with clients and interpret mood boards

This article will cover a client case study on how I organised not only myself, but the client prior to the actual shoot day. Topics I’ll cover in this article include: Initial client contact Client phone call Pricing Brainstorming Mood boards Interpreting client mood board into an actual shoot plan Final images Just before we […]

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How to create lighting gradients in your shots with coloured gels

Using coloured gels can be a little unforgiving, especially if you’re new to using strobes. But one of the biggest reasons using gels can be tricky, is due to how hard it can be to use multiple coloured gels in the same setup. Coloured lights do not play well together and unlike paint, where you […]

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A super simple 2-light setup for shooting still life photography

Big-shock I know. A coloured gel lighting technique from me is hardly surprising, but this time I’m scaling things down and today I’ll be sharing a super simple 2 light setup for still-life. To be clear, I’m a million years away from being an even remotely good still-life photographer, but I thought I’d share this […]

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Five clamps and brackets every studio shooter and strobist needs

What even is a ‘studio shooter’ today? Years ago it was a little easier to define, but due to us having tons of heavy, cumbersome lighting and cameras, we were all pretty grounded in the actual home-base of a studio. Today though, the vast majority of my own jobs are not shot in my own space. I […]

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This is my favourite $1 lighting modifier

I’ve always been drawn to interesting looking light. The simple, soft and flat light of softboxes and other standard modifiers rarely hold my attention and I’ve often felt like that softbox lighting doesn’t exist outside of the studio. It’s always looked a little too clinical for me. We’re shown interesting light all of the time […]

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