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A detective in a fedora lights a cigarette at night in front of glowing street lights in a dramatic portrait.

Hiding the Light Source: Night Detective

By Scott Holstein


I’ve previously written about how to have flashes visible within the frame. In this post, I’ll discuss hiding the light source within the frame. This image was shot in downtown Tallahassee, Florida, using traffic lights and other street lights to form the background. These lights are turned into glowing globes by using a large aperture (f/4.0) and a longer focal length (200mm) while keeping the subject (and focus) close to the camera. The ambient lights dictate my exposure. I used four speedlights to light James, our detective model. The trick to this shot is that his cigarette “lighter,” which is…
Portrait of Florida Governor Rick Scott in front of the mansion by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Portraits of Florida Governor Rick Scott

By Scott Holstein


When 850 business magazine was launched in 2008, I photographed then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist in his office at the Capitol in Tallahassee for the cover of the inaugural issue. As the magazine recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, I had the opportunity to photograph current Florida Gov. Rick Scott on location at the Governor’s Mansion for the cover story of that issue of 850.
Photo of cat feeding time at Caboodle Ranch in Florida by editorial photographer Scott Holstein.

Craig Grant’s Caboodle Ranch for Cats in Florida

By Scott Holstein


Out in Madison County, near a place called Lee, Florida, lived a man with 500 cats. Craig Grant loved cats so much that he bought 30 acres of rural property and opened Caboodle Ranch, a safe haven for unwanted felines. Feral cats, stray cats, abandoned cats, unwanted cats, shelter cats who would otherwise be put down – Grant welcomed them all. Tallahassee magazine caught wind of Grant while doing a story on the effort to trap, fix, and re-release feral cats in Tallahassee. So I headed out to Caboodle Ranch to do some editorial photography for a magazine article of…
Creative photography of a warrior woman emerging from the water while firing a machine gun.

Warrior Woman with Machine Gun – Rambo Parody

By Scott Holstein


“Rambabe” is my latest personal project, done just for kicks as a creative recharge. It is, of course, inspired by the Rambo movies; I own the ’80s trilogy. While watching it one day I decided it would be fun to make creative images that change it up a bit and have a beautiful, tough woman as the “one man army” instead of a sweaty dude (no offense, Stallone). And since I’m from Florida, there was never any question that she would be in the water. I scouted several places in the Tallahassee region, originally looking for something swampy  that might…
Photo of two cave divers floating in a sinkhole, created using a cheap underwater camera housing.

Photography Tips: The Poor Man’s Underwater Camera Housing

By Scott Holstein


The Tallahassee, Florida region lays claim to a unique topographical feature – the Woodville Karst Plain. The karst plain is made of irregular limestone and underground water channels which are tied into the Floridan Aquifer. The Woodville Karst Plain is home to first magnitude springs, sinkholes, and the longest underwater cave system in the United States. As such, the region has great appeal to a courageous and adventurous type of person – the cave diver. An article in Tallahassee magazine was featuring a local couple who cave dives – Aletheia and Andre Lange – whom I was to photograph. While…
Landscape photography of a dragonfly at sunset over Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, shot with an iPhone.

Scouting at Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida

By Scott Holstein


A few evenings ago I was scouting a location for an upcoming photo shoot. I had already scouted a half dozen locations, none of which were really working for me. This particular evening I was scouting at Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida. I had been to this particular spot before but I really didn’t think it would be ideal for this shoot. I was wrong. This spot had water that was the right depth, it had some nice vegetation to work with, and best of all, it had a great view of sunset. In fact, the sunset was so amazing…

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