book: On-Camera Flash Photography (2nd ed.)

book: On-Camera Flash Photography (2nd ed.)

book On-Camera Flash Photography  (2nd ed.)

If you think I've been quiet on the Tangents blog the past few months ... here is the reason why: I've been hard at work on the revised edition of On-Camera Flash Photography ...  it's just been announced for a Nov 2015 release date, and is available on pre-order with Amazon. I really am excited about this updated version of  Read more inside...

review: Comparing various light modifiers for on-camera flash

review: comparing various light modifiers for on-camera flash

review: Comparing various light modifiers for on-camera flash

Many of the tutorials and articles on the Tangents blog deals with getting the best from your on-camera flash. My approach has always been one of - what technique would give me the best light? Of course, there are so many different scenarios we could find ourselves in - so we have to adapt to where we are,  Read more inside...

Flash photography: how far can you bounce your flash?

flash photography: how far can you bounce your flash?

Flash photography: how far can you bounce your flash?

The question regularly comes up: how far can you bounce your flash? The answer is quite straight-forward: It depends on the power of your flash, the bounce distance (and surfaces), ISO and aperture. Power, distance, aperture and ISO - the four things that control flash exposure. Yup, we can't really escape  Read more inside...

Wedding reception lighting with one flash

Wedding reception lighting with one flash

The last wedding of the year just behind me, I want to use one of my favorite images to touch again on the recent topic of high-ISO bounce flash with on-camera speedlight. I want to show that the results aren't a fluke - but that with a consistent approach to bounce flash photography, you can get consistent results. However,  Read more inside...

High-ISO bounce flash photography

High-ISO bounce flash photography

One of the misconceptions about bounce flash photography that many photographers cling to, is that you absolutely need a white wall or ceiling near you. While it does help, this shouldn't stop you from trying to be a little adventurous with on-camera bounce flash to see if it gets you the results you want. There have been several  Read more inside...

various scenarios: balancing flash with ambient light

various scenarios: balancing flash with ambient light

Adding flash to ambient light - its's a topic that can appear to be confusing. With advice that ranges from under-exposing the ambient light by a stop or two ... or dialing FEC down for fill-flash, or advice that you should be metering for the background ... it all appears confusing and contradictory. What we  Read more inside...

bounce flash vs. available light vs. videographer’s light

using bounce flash vs. available light vs. using the videographer's light

The expressive trumpet player in the band at a wedding - a simple portrait of this musician, sweetened with some bounce flash. The light on his face, is by now perhaps predictably, on-camera bounce flash with the black foamie thing.  Looking at the light pattern on his face, you'll see there was  Read more inside...

bounce flash: adjusting the black foamie thing as a snoot

bounce flash photography - adjusting the black foamie thing to be a snoot

During the day, as I photograph a wedding, I am continually mixing up the lighting, adapting and adjusting. It's part of the process of giving my clients as much variety as possible, and also just being flexible in adapting to the demands of the various locations. It's therefore a varied  Read more inside...

wedding photography: bounce flash indoors … in the limo

wedding photography: bounce flash "indoors" … in the limo

This is a reminder that when you have a high-contrast situation such as when photographing the bride and groom inside the limo - then using on-camera bounce flash is your easiest way to control the lighting. Simply bounce your flash behind you into the limo. Even with the dark interior and fittings inside a  Read more inside...