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Tallahassee photography of a detective lighting a cigarette at night in a dramatic portrait created by Florida commercial photographer Scott Holstein.

Hiding the Light Source

By Scott Holstein on August 19, 2015


I’ve previously written about how to have flashes visible within the frame. In this post, I’ll discuss how I hid my main light 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 …

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Action photo of water splashing as a horse and rider jump over a fence in a water feature during the Red Hills International Horse Trials by Tallahassee photographer Scott Holstein.

Cross Country at Red Hills International Horse Trials

By Scott Holstein on March 13, 2015

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The Red Hills International Horse Trials is one of the best events Tallahassee photographers can shoot. It’s outdoors in the capital city in the spring, the season of perfect weather in northwest Florida. Resurrection fern-covered and Spanish moss-draped Southern Live Oak trees create a picture-perfect backdrop for the equestrian event, held in beautiful Elinor Klapp-Phipps …

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Creative photography of a woman’s face reflected in the pupil of her own eye.

Portrait Reflected in One’s Own Eye

By Scott Holstein on February 6, 2013

Filed under: Personal Projects


One day back in college, I realized I could see my reflection in my own pupil while looking into a mirror. I thought it might make interesting and creative photography so I enlisted fellow photographer Joel Fluty to endure some pretty strong off-camera flash blasts to the face. After sacrificing Joel’s vision, I determined that …

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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 on June 25, 2012


"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 …

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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 on July 26, 2011


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 headed to Lake Jackson, which is on the north side of Tallahassee, Florida. I had been to this particular spot before …

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A beautiful woman holding a lantern peers out into a swamp at dusk.

Photography Tips & Tricks: How to Hide Flashes in the Photo

By Scott Holstein on June 3, 2010


I had this image in my head for some time - a beautiful young woman in a boat, deep in a Florida swamp at dusk. She’s holding a lantern, peering out into the darkness, searching for something. But what? I enlisted McKenzie Burleigh, a model with whom I’ve worked several times in the past, to …

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