How to overpower bright sunlight with on-camera flash

how to overpower bright sunlight with on-camera flash

How to overpower bright sunlight with on-camera flash

The photograph on the left shows one of the toughest lighting conditions you get to deal with. Your subjects are half in the sun / half in the shade ... and there is no way you could interrupt and change things in your favor. There is no way to have the flower-girls move. No way to bring in additional, off-camera  Read more inside...

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

This topic - balancing flash and ambient exposure - seems to one that many newer photographers struggle with. The big hurdle seems to be the basic starting point - how do you decide on the exposure for each? I'd like to explore this topic a bit with this post. The trigger for this was a question that  Read more inside...

general photography: questions & answers (FAQ)

photography questions & answers (FAQ) - exposure metering

Looking at some of the questions about photography that appear via Google searches, I wanted to more directly answer some of the questions. This article is a selection of questions that I decided to amalgamate into one longer article. The questions mostly center around exposure metering and selection of  Read more inside...

a first-steps guide to using a light meter with manual flash

step-by-step guide to using a flash meter with manual flash & ambient light

A question posted on the Tangents forum was on the topic of exactly how to use a light meter to get to correct settings for manual flash. This article covers that first tentative step in what exactly you should do with this brand-new light-meter in your hand. It will help you cope with  Read more inside...

camera review: Nikon Df – the steampunk D4

camera review: Nikon Df - the steampunk Nikon D4

The anachronistically retro styling of the Nikon Df (vendor), along with the digital trappings, really makes this the steampunk D4. Especially so since it has the same top-notch sensor as the Nikon D4 (vendor) If you have used a film camera, and specifically one of the F-series cameras, this camera  Read more inside...

exposure metering for a backlit subject

exposure metering for a backlit subject, using the histogram  (model - Olena)

When our subject is backlit, we have a number of options: expose for the background, and then either: -- go for a (semi) silhouette, -- add light to your subject to balance their exposure with that of the background. expose carefully for our subject, and let the background blow out.  Read more inside...

using off-camera flash on a photo shoot

photo session: adding off-camera flash to bright daylight

Someone emailed me to ask a few technical details about this family photo session. How did you expose for the family photos? Was a soft-box used? Or did you expose for the shadows and use fill flash? For those who regularly follow the Tangents blog, the thought-process here should be familiar. Let's take a walk  Read more inside...

how do you meter for TTL flash & ambient light

how do you meter for TTL flash & ambient light?

In taking these kinds of candid images, I set the camera so that there is enough light recorded on the test shots without flash. No real metering technique, but I judge by the LCD to see that there will be enough detail in the background. It is kinda the dragging the shutter technique, but not as specific perhaps. I  Read more inside...