Thank you for being patient and waiting a whole week for the next installment on HOW TO PAINT WITH LIGHT. In this two minute video you learn how to make “LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS” Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel so I can continue to share my knowledge with you….


I believe the next time I blog will be the day my book Photographic Lighting for Everybody will finally be on sale on Amazon. The date is June 15th and I hope this time they mean it!

If you want to purchase one from me …go to :

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

A great beginer book to point you in the right direction to create your own stunning, award winning photos....lots of photos, easy to navigate and reads like a diary...


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Denver, Colorado

Ever wonder how you dazzle your friends with your photography? Here are some fun and easy tutorials ( less than 2 minutes) to set you on the path to adolation and envy amongst your peers. Suscribe to my YouTube Channel. Better yet buy my recent book and dust off that old iphone or camera and create.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel and have fun learning with these 2 minute tutorials you can do at home…

Part 2 is coming this Friday June 5, 2020

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Learn some new tricks in photography and some strong foundations to kick start your imagination. Have fun; learn and be safe....


Terrified and Excited.

In order to share my knowledge about photography lighting I have created a ” low budget” 2 minute tutorial on my new YouTube channel. I am launching my very first TWO MINUTE TUTORIAL today at noon MST. This is all new to me, so please forgive my awkward look in front of the camera. I prefer to be behind the camera. The first video is about the Shutter Speed, the foundation of Painting with Light. My motto is ” Be Creative and Have Fun.” So please check it out on YouTube and PLEASE SUBSCRIBE and of course comment.

Premiers today at noon MST…Please Subscribe….

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Purchase your books while they last..they go on sale on Amazon June 15th. I am waiting for my second shipment.


Today, Memorial Day, marks the last day of the specially discounted book Photographic Lighting for Everybody…For $40 you can own a personally signed book for only $45.

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day today….Next I will begin my video tutorials ” How I Did That”.

Excerpts from you my newest photography book.

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Last day of the sale to order a discounted book...Now only $40..sent and signed to you...


Flash Sale for Memorial Day Weekend

Now for a limited time a personalized copy of my book” Photographic Lighting for Everybody”

is only $40 includes shipping and personally signed. Sale Ends May 25th at 11:59PM MST.

Photo tutorials from the book

“Photographic Lighting for Everybody”

Coming Soon to your personal device.

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Can't wait till June 15? Buy a book from the author directly, signed personally to you...


Stay tuned for my series on ” How I Did That” from my book Photographic Lighting for Everybody
My latest book can be purchased directly from me for a limited time only. It goes on sale June 15th 2020 on Amazon.

Being a multi-billion dollar international business doesn’t mean I am immune to supply chain problems. Now that I got that out of the way, I am happy to say a new shipment of my book ” Photographic Lighting for Everybody ” will be arriving soon and the limited supply will be for sale. Amazon still has a June 15th pub date, so this is your chance to own a personalized book from moi…at a special price. To clarify, I am only a multi-billion of dollars short of being a multi-billionaire.

Photographic Lightng for Everybody

“This book is both comprehensive and inspiring. I wish I had read it 20 years ago so I didn’t have to learn all these lessons the hard way.” —Bob Sacha, director, cinematographer, and photographer a signed book and small print will be sent directly to you ...for a limited time only.


Staying Home and Staying Sane

I have been a freelancer for over 35 years and have had my share of despair trying to ” keep the ball rolling” As a freelancer who is dependent on a day to day challenge to find work I have learned a few tricks to stay positive and be productive. I remember a time when rent was due , I had just lost a major client and prospects for work were non existant.

I couldn’t sleep and it was about 2 in the morning. I decided rather than stressing about my situation I would put on my headphones and listen to Beethoven Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral Symphony” which is about man’s feelings and connections towards nature. Living on a second floor of brownstone in Brooklyn was about as far away from nature as one could find. The first notes carried me away to a safe and beautiful place and washed away my anxiety of my current situation. My point, music is a great elixar for all that ails you. Beethoven was a master and for me a savior. After listening to the complete symphony , I fell peacefully asleep. The following week I got a got a call from what would become a long term client. Excited about the news I put on Aaron Copeland’s ” Hoe-Down” to celebrate. My point, music is powerful relief from today’s stress brought on by this pandemic. Most importantly music, like photography creates ” mindfullness and awareness of the present moment.”

The act of looking for ” that” photograph is a meditation on what is in front of you.

Being in the moment disipates any negative thoughts of past or future as you go on that treasure hunt to find that image. You may not find that image but the act of looking has created new opportunities of self-awareness; continuety and a feeling of hope. So if you are feeling down, hopeless or dread, first accept those feelings they are real but rather than obsess go on a photographic journey in your home or out ( wear a mask; keep your social distance and wash your hands). The pandemic will pass, our world will look a little different , but embrace each moment, each breath and your loved ones humans or animals. Even better listen to Dinah Washing sing “ What a Difference a Day Makes.”

Want to win a Free signed book sign up and share my blog and every 500 new readers I will radomly pick one and send them my new book ” Photographic Lighting for Everybody ”

Photographic Lighitng for Everybody

“Steven is a wealth of information when it comes to lighting for photography. This book is well worth reading for the pro photographer as well as the beginner.” —Bill Bernstein, Bill Bernstein Photography


I am excited to share the first review of my recent book ” Photography Lighting for Everybody” by Nicki Fitz-Gerald of iPhonography Central.

Anyone who starts their photographic career with legendary photographers Annie Leibovitz and Mary Ellen Mark has to be off to a good start – right? Photographer and photo educator Steve Begleiter did just that and he’s just released his sixth book… Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

A great book for iphone photographers who want to learn the foundations of photography. Order now and receive a signed book with a special print inside..while supplies last.


Stop Motion on an iPhone or DSLR..what’s the diff?

No difference at all if you have a shutter speed control on your phone…One of the unique qualities of the Camera is the ability to Freeze motion, that the human eye could not detect. The famous photographer, Eadweard Muybridge knew this and was able to settle a bet between two titans of industry in 1872. The bet: Does a horse’s all four legs leave the ground at the same time when it is running ? ”

Here is how you can achieve this miraculous technique on your smartphone or DSLR

Hello Friends,

I will be brief, I just got the word from my publisher that my book will not be for sale until June on Amazon and around the world. I do have 4 books left and will get more toward the end of May if you are interested in an advance copy ( before it really goes public) . If interested please let me know who to sign it for:) Enjoy yoru weekend, I am out with a mask walking the dog…and staying my distance…

Photographic Lighting for Everbody

Tired of not photographing what you see or envison? Here is a book that will simply lay out the foundations of good photography on a Camera or Smart Phone...


I am excited to announce that my book will be available for sale on Amazon this Friday, April 24th.

You will still be able to order directly from me but please share this with photo enthusiast friends around the world. This will be my fifth book on the art of photography and I believe it to be my best. It was the most difficult to write since I forced myself to keep it simple. Meaning that I used my knowledge of 20 plus years of teaching photography to guide the content. I broke it down to what I feel are the essential tools to help everybody improve their photography regardless of what camera/phone you use. Take your photography to next level, impress your friends and win awards, buy this book.

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Unlock your creative photography and unblock your potential as a visual artist. This book breaks down the essential knowledge you need to know to create not just better photo but breathtaking award winning images.


Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.


For those who ordered early exciting news: Your books will be shipping this Wednesday, April 22nd.

Thank you for your patience. I got a notice that the shipping envelops will be arriving Tuesday and I plan to ship out the books the following day. For your support and patience I am including  a special thank you:

There are only 6 books left in stock, so be sure to place your order soon before they are gone. I will be ordering more but with the supply chain hiccups  I am not sure when they will arrive. On that note I am waiting to hear from my publicist whenAmazon will be carrying the book. All books will be signed to you/or who ever you would like for me to sign the book to and will include a Thank You Note while supplies last.

I am including another excerpt of the book for your viewing pleasure.

This section is toward the end of the book and is about post production. I am a big fan of Adobe Lightroom for archiving and “global post-production” digital retouching. It is not as powerful as Adobe PhotoShop but a lot easier to learn with a lot of extras like: Archiving with metadata, color coding and stars; a powerful search for your archived images; color controls; perspective controls; clarity; transition tools, spotting tools and lot more and did I say it was easy to learn.

The following is an image I had taken of the ancient city of Bhaktapur in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was a very sunny day and all the ” good stuff was in the shadows” . No problem with Adobe Lightroom. I went into the Basic Module went to the Shadow controls and ” lighten the shadows”. One caveat is the image was shot in the RAW mode, which allowed me more control in the processing. Something I get into detail in my book.

A final note: how to stay sane during Pandemic and self-isolation??? Learn something new each day. I am learning how to cook Moroccan food with my new Tagine. Just reading about the origins of the food allows to travel to another part of the world and in another time. The payoff is a great dinner. Tell me what new things you are learning about.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and please share with your friends. I will be writing something new every Monday for you to enjoy.


Take care and be safe:

Steven H. Begleiter



Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.




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