How to do Portrait Lighting

Wireless remotes are the way to do portraits. These pictures below used two flashes; it should have been three, but I dropped one and broke the wireless receiver. I always have a Plan B, for when things go wrong, and the shoot carried on anyway. One light is warming the background, whilst the other is providing natural clear light on the model. These are my branded apparel, and I want them to appear as bright and clear as possible, hence the style of lighting. However, how do you work with two, three, or more flashes?

I’ve been able to source some essential photography gear from some suppliers, see here. These days, hotshoe flashes are really powerful, so you can make great portraits without old-style expensive gear, but you need your flashes to synchronise. I wish I could source more Godox, but Yongnuo from Hong Kong does the same job anyway. Oh, and I’m considering hosting a workshop, possibly in May, to introduce Portrait Lighting, Posing, and Modelling. Of course, it will be hosted here in Nagoya. If I do, participants will need at least one hotshoe flash that can be triggered wirelessly, digital camera with hotshoe, the camera instruction manual, and a general use lens about 24-70-ish mm in range. Watch this space for news, or follow me on Twitter.

A great starter kit, field kit, and more, for serious and amateur photographers. Available at

Updates 2nd March and #coupons

Welcome to the new month. What a busy week! Well, I’ve had a busy month designing and preparing designs for shirts, hoodies, and more. Another task I got to was sourcing reliable suppliers for other goods that people like. I think my stuff is great, but that doesn’t mean the ABlyth label has all the goods you need. I was also planning and preparing a shoot which was done on Tuesday this week. There are discounts for shirts, raglans, hoodies, and much more…

A model posing for a product photo for the ABlyth clothing brand

Asia posing for a product photo for the ABlyth clothing brand

I am so grateful to Tetsuya of The Cooper’s Irish Pub (Instagram) in Meieki for letting us use his space. Also, to Asia (that is her name; Instagram) for her hard work, preparation, and commitment to the shoot.

For members of there are some discount offers that are currently running. The offers and discounts cannot be used concurrently, so please choose which one you want to use. They are:

  • First time customers: use “FirstTime20” for 20% off your entire order. Minimum USD$25 purchase, and one use per customer. Offer ends 31st Mar 2018.
  • Sakura products:  It’s springtime in Japan. Use “Sakura2018” discount code for all cherry blossom (sakura) themed products. Minimum USD$25 purchase, ends soon. See here:
  • Free shipping: use “Members2018” for free shipping for all of this year. Minimum USD$25 and maximum USD$100 purchase. Available to all members in all countries; for the entire order.
  • Staff discount: For people I’ve worked with (mostly models and makeup artists, see your info booklet for details; expiration 31st Dec 2018, will be renewed).
  • Social Media Discounts: Follow us, and share photos of your ABlyth branded items on social media with the #ablyth hashtag and @ mention, and receive a your custom discount code for 15% off future orders. Each code is good for 3 months, and so use it to get gifts for friends, family, or just to treat yourself.
  • Newsletter subscribers: Get 10% off your order. Information is sent to you when you signup for a newsletter.
  • More to come. Watch this space (better still, signup for the newsletter and get the jump on everyone else:
A model posing in an ABlyth 3/4 sleeve Raglan Cacophonous City top.

A model posing in an ABlyth 3/4 sleeve Raglan Cacophonous City top.

Asia (the model) said that she really likes this 3/4 sleeve raglan top. I admitted that I just don’t have the confidence to know what designs people like, so hearing that was great. I also admitted that I love raglans, especially this shirt with this image “Wheels”. The material used in this is nice and soft; I love it. You can get yours here.

A foreign model posing for tourist theme photos

A foreign model posing for tourist theme photos

Sakura clothing & phone case #coupon code for this Spring

That’s right. We’re offering 15% off all selected Sakura themed shirts, drawstring bags, and smart phone cases for this spring only.

Travel Japan Series: Sakura Collection 2018

Travel Japan Series: Sakura Collection 2018

Great new shirts for this Spring: #Sakura and #coupon

Recently, we’ve released a great new line of clothing called Travel Japan Series. Today, we’re also celebrating the coming Spring with these new items and a sale. This line is all about the Japanese sakura (aka, cherry blossoms). Cherry blossoms are revered in Japan, and mark a change of year and season. These flowering trees don’t actually produce edible fruit, but only the most delicate and beautiful flowers; albeit, for only one week. Some Springs are warm and sunny, and so every single Japanese person with a picnic blanket goes out and eats, drinks, and relaxes with friends, family, and or colleagues. It is perhaps the one time of year with bosses allows staff to get off early, especially to set up and join the office cherry blossom parties. Learn more about cherry blossoms from previous posts.


  • Discount code: Sakura2018
  • Discount: 10% off entire order
  • Minimum purchase: USD$25
  • Applies to: Entire order (any product)
  • Where: Only at
  • Expires: Soon (TBA)
  • Ships to: Worldwide
  • Limitations: All registered customers and newsletter subscribers are eligible
  • Automatic discount link:

Order now, so they can arrive in time for cherry blossom viewing parties and picnics.


Great new range of cool Travel Japan Series shirts have landed

Just finished preparing and making the new Travel Japan Series of shirts available at These are great as conversation starters, as the unique and interesting design and contents just lure friendly attention. There’s currently 12 premium products, and 4 budget versions. Over time some will be removed from the store and new ones will be slotted in. Also, take advantage of the new customer discount code “FirstTime20” for 20%, valid until the end of this month. Go now to

Travel Japan Series of shirts at

Travel Japan Series of shirts at

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