Author Archive: Joe Smithberger

Joe Smithberger is a commercial photographer working in Canton, Ohio. Joe has spent the past 20+ years working with a diverse mix of clients – from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies - and communicating their stories through his photographic images. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. After 12 years as a design engineer, he turned his love of photography into a full-time endeavor when he opened Smithberger Photography in 1991. Smithberger Photography, Inc. specializes in commercial, editorial, industrial, and architectural photography and serves a wide range of industries including Advertising, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Professional Services. In addition to shooting for clients Joe is also busy teaching Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography classes at Stark State College in Canton and can be found playing music with various groups around town. Although he is new to Hybrid Imaging, he hopes to bring his experience as a Pro Photographer, Musician, and Teacher to bear in working through the land mines of this new technology.

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By March 20, 2014 Read More →

Q: Can You Adjust a Custom White Balance?

In this blog post, Joe Smithberger talks about fine tuning a Custom White Balance setting to render color Warmer or Cooler than it’s default, neutral rendering. Sometimes, for artistic reasons, we want an image or video clip to feel warmer or cooler than normal. In a Still Portrait or Talking Portrait sequence, it is usually […]

By February 3, 2014 Read More →

How Do You Know Which Gels to Use to Balance Mixed Lighting?

I’ve had a lot of e-mails through the LinkedIn group lately on how I balance my lighting to ambient lighting and other lights in my setup. Over the past 6 months I’ve learned a lot about continuous lighting sources and one thing that has become clear from the beginning is each brand and type of […]

Q: What Lighting Gear Do You Take on Location?

I’ve talked a lot about LED Lighting so far, but I wanted to share a little bit about what I take with me when I’m going on location.  For a typical hybrid photo shoot like the eCardPro or one of my editorial still photoshoots I have been taking a couple of the Larger Dracast LED […]

Q: Can You Do Hybrid Photography with Your dSLR Camera?

Although Mirrorless cameras have many benefits when shooting both Still Photographs and Video in the same session, it can be done using hdSLRs with fantastic results. This post also features a behind-the-scenes look at a Commercial Hybrid Photography shoot that I did with WRL Advertising in Canton, Ohio (www.wrladv.com) and The Mosser Glass Company (www.mosserglass.com). […]

Q: How Are Clients Responding to Hybrid Photography?

Hybrid Photography is moving into mainstream and with it comes the task of moving my existing cliental to finding Hybrid Photography useful for their business. I wanted to take you into the work I’m doing for one of my commercial clients and show you how I am incorporating hybrid photography into the workflow. For this […]

Posted in: Hybrid Photography, LEDs

Q: Why Pick LED Panels for Your Continuous Lights?

When I was trying to decide what types of continues lighting I would need in order to shoot Hybrid Photography, I ultimately found LED’s to be the perfect solution for my needs.  Here’s a few of the reasons why I went this route vs. some of the other options out there.     First they […]

Posted in: Color Correct, LEDs, Lighting

Q: How can I get better Audio for my DSLR and Mirrorless camera video clips?

Here is a tip for better Audio with Mirrorless Cameras and DSLRs shooting video. I am not an audio expert by any means but, since most of my posts have been on lighting, I wanted to talk a little about audio. By adding a six or eight foot headphone extension cord (mini plug to mini plug) […]

More Main Light Options for eCardPRO and Talking Portraits

More mainlight solutions for you to begin shooting Talking Portraits and eCardPRO business cards. I want to share with you how I adapted a standard Chimera soft box for use with an LED light panel mainlight.  

Another Mainlight Solution for Hybrid Photographers

Like many of you who are getting into hybrid photography, I have been on a quest for the perfect Mainlight. I have studied Will Crockett’s Three Smart Mainlight Solutions Video on Shootsmarter University which got me started in the right direction with 3 of his favorite mainlight solutions. But I still had a question. Are […]

What Size of Studio LEDs Do You Need for Talking Portraitures?

Today I want to talk with you about LED panels and the production of Talking Portraits in the studio. Since I am transitioning into Hybrid Photography, I am perfecting my setup and procedures to shoot still imagery and video clips. These clips are captured in the same session and then combined to make products that clients can view on […]

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