Flash photography: applying the Sunny 16 Rule & Flash Guide Number

applying the Sunny 16 rule and the flash Guide Number

Flash photography: applying the Sunny 16 Rule & Flash Guide Number

In essence, if you know the GN of your flash, then you could use (bare) off-camera flash to match the sunlight, without even metering! There is a super-useful shortcut built into those two simple values: Sunny 16, and the Guide Number. Now, I am pretty sure that when you hear mention of the  Read more inside...

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison : depth-of-field & perspective

ull-frame vs crop-sensor comparison

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison :  depth-of-field & perspective

When the differences between full-frame and crop-sensor cameras are discussed, there is an inevitable question about whether the crop sensor multiplies the focal length. Whether a 50mm lens on a crop-sensor acts like a 75mm lens (on a 1.5x crop sensor) or 80mm lens (on a 1.6x crop sensor). The  Read more inside...

using interesting available light & white balance options

finding interesting available light & white balance options

It's always a feel-good moment to discover interesting available light while out on a photo shoot. Something unusual to add a new flavor to a different sequence of images. While photographing a model with Tilo Gockel and Mike Silberreis (both from Germany on a visit to NYC), we started off with  Read more inside...

post-processing workflow: removing color banding in photos

post-processing workflow: solving a color banding problem in photos

Photographing people in the studio against a darker background, I've been plagued with banding problems. Some of it had to do with the limitation of working in an 8-bit environment in Photoshop. As described in this article - how to deal with color banding - a work-around was to editing images as  Read more inside...

a favorite image – before & after (model: Anelisa)

a favorite image - before & after (and the how to)

There's something about this photograph that I really like ... aside from Anelisa being one of my favorite models. It is slightly surreal with Anelisa's apparent levitation. The dress and hat is reminiscent of a 1950's Fashion, and Anelisa's mid-air pose is also reminiscent of Philippe Halsman's iconic jumping  Read more inside...

wedding photography: 3 tips to speed up your workflow

wedding photography: 3 tips to speed up your editing workflow

One of the questions that came up during the Q&A at yesterday's presentation at B&H, was how long does it take me to edit a wedding. Well, the ideal is that it takes me less than a day. During the peak wedding season around September and October, it is easy to slip behind, but that still remains my  Read more inside...

bounce flash portrait & post-processing (model: Ulorin Vex)

bounce flash portrait & Photoshop retouching technique

When we were done with the studio shoot with Ulorin Vex, we still had a few minutes left, so I thought I could do a bounce flash portrait as well. Just for a comparison of sorts to show that on-camera bounce flash can give interesting results too. Here is the low-key portraits we did with the Profoto  Read more inside...

vintage photo session w/ off-camera flash – (model: Sarah R)

off-camera flash for a photo session with a Vintage look

Anyone who regularly follows the Tangents blog or has my 2nd book, off-camera flash photography, might recognize Sarah. When she told me she was visiting New York, I made sure that I squeezed in a photo session with her in my schedule. The weather on the day was grey and drizzly ... enough reason to juice it up  Read more inside...