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Armed with only a wacom tablet, less-than-mediocre drawing skills and an acute sense of smell, professional photographer Ted Sabarese guesses how individual images were lit by other photographers and then sketches corresponding lighting diagrams. It's what you always wanted to know but didn't know who to ask.
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  • July 3, 2014 3:40 pm

    Annie Leibovitz lights the cast of Game of Thrones for Vanity Fair

    Annie Leibovitz lights the cast of Game of Thrones for Vanity Fair

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    If one thing can bring me out of lighting guessing retirement, its Game of Thrones. Well, not just G.O.T., but Annie shooting the cast for the fourth season (which, by the way, I just finished and is freaking amazing!!). This image, in particular, is dripping with nuance. Look how the members of House Lannister and Baratheon are positioned–no accident. Cersei in the…

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  • January 31, 2013 9:45 am
    Learn about Annie Leibovitz’s super hot photo lighting of Lady GaGa for US Vogue. And how Gaga wanted to literally set herself on fire for artistic integrityView Post View high resolution

    Learn about Annie Leibovitz’s super hot photo lighting of Lady GaGa for US Vogue. And how Gaga wanted to literally set herself on fire for artistic integrity

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  • January 16, 2013 11:35 am
    Check out my brand spanking new guessing venture: Guess the PoochView Postshared via WordPress.com View high resolution

    Check out my brand spanking new guessing venture: Guess the Pooch

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  • January 14, 2013 1:01 pm
    See how Mert & Marcus light gorgeous-voiced Adele for Vogue Magazine, gorgeously. And how she played a little Words with Friends with Alec Baldwin.View Postshared via WordPress.com View high resolution

    See how Mert & Marcus light gorgeous-voiced Adele for Vogue Magazine, gorgeously. And how she played a little Words with Friends with Alec Baldwin.

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  • December 21, 2012 10:16 am
    An odd favor to ask. Entirely unrelated to photo lighting. I need pics of your lovely mutt  View Postshared via WordPress.com View high resolution

    An odd favor to ask. Entirely unrelated to photo lighting. I need pics of your lovely mutt

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  • December 20, 2012 9:37 am
    Learn about Erwin Olaf’s subdued, cinematic lighting for his “Hope” project. And how the seemingly subdued models made the crew wet their pants. View Postshared via WordPress.com View high resolution

    Learn about Erwin Olaf’s subdued, cinematic lighting for his “Hope” project. And how the seemingly subdued models made the crew wet their pants.

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  • December 18, 2012 11:06 pm

    Instagram Blog: Thank you, and we're listening

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    Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. These two documents help communicate as clearly as possible our relationship with the users of Instagram so you understand how your data will be used, and the rules that govern…

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  • 2:11 pm

    Nadav Kander lights the most important man in the Middle East

    Learn about Nadav Kander’s lighting of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi for Time Magazine. And how Morsi is a big Hank Williams Sr. fan who can croon a bit, too.

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  • December 16, 2012 10:23 am
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  • December 13, 2012 10:50 am

    Dimitri Daniloff lights the gritty birth of an adult male for PS2

    Learn about Dimitri Daniloff’s photo lighting for his Cannes Grand Prix advertisement for Sony PS2. You know, that shot with the woman giving birth to a full-grown man?

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