review: Fuji X100 camera – photo shoot with a model

photo session with the Fuji X100 - camera review

First of all, for those who haven't heard of the Fuji X100 (vendor) yet, it is a beautiful retro-looking rangefinder-mimicking 12 megapixel digital point & shoot camera (with a fixed 35mm equivalent f2.0 lens), that gives remarkable image quality. That about sums it up. For all those reasons, quite a  Read more inside...

review: Frio coldshoe mount for speedlights

review: Frio coldshoe adapter for speedlights

[ edited to add: This review was for the original Frio, but it has now been improved with an updated version. ] The Frio is such an elegantly simple device - ready-made for those times you need to attach a speedlight to a light-stand or umbrella bracket. What makes it so neat is that you don't have to tighten a twisty  Read more inside...

how to carry your camera over your shoulder

how to carry your camera over your shoulder

An interesting comment came up in the article on choice of lenses for wedding photography. The observation was that the photographer, Lou, felt like he was the proverbial bull in a china shop when he carried two cameras over his shoulder. With the lenses protruding on either side, it was tough going through doorways without  Read more inside...

using a macro lens for a photo session of a newborn

using a macro lens for a photo session of a newborn

I had the pleasure of photographing the newborn baby of Jen and David recently. (David regularly follows the Tangents blog!) Aside from photographing the proud parents with their little one, I also needed to get detail photos of the baby. With detail images, you see even more clearly just how small this newborn  Read more inside...

review: Custom Brackets Digital Pro-M rotating bracket kit

review: Custom Brackets Digital Pro-M rotating bracket kit

The makers of the Custom Brackets flash brackets, recently sent me a copy of their latest and best rotating flash bracket, the Pro-M rotating flash bracket (vendor), for review. Of the various makes of flash brackets I had tried out when I first started doing wedding photography full-time, the Custom  Read more inside...

softbox vs shoot-through umbrella vs bounce umbrella

comparison between a softbox, a white shoot-through umbrella and a bounce umbrella

I've had several requests from readers of the Tangents blog about how the light from a softbox would differ from the light from an umbrella. Spurred on by that, and by my own curiosity, I met up a while ago with my favorite model, Anelisa, specifically to do comparison shots. And  Read more inside...

using multiple speedlights with high-speed flash sync

using multiple speedlights with high-speed flash sync

This photo of Angelique, our model, was taken at 1/8000 @ f2 @ 100 ISO. Yes, an eight-thousand-th of a second.  The accompanying wide aperture (with an ultra-wide angle lens), gives a unique look to the image. The shallow depth-of-field and high shutter speed are mutually dependent effects in shooting in bright  Read more inside...

best lenses for wedding photography

wedding photography - best lenses

With this recent review of the Nikon 24mm f1.4 the question came up about which lenses I use when photographing a wedding, and how I use them. How do you juggle the various lenses you have for weddings and decide which ones to bring to a wedding and when to use them? Do you carry them all and just use them when you feel, or do only  Read more inside...

Sandisk CF cards might be fire-resistant, but the Canon 7D not

Petra Hall, a pretty awesome wedding photographer in Sweden, first posted this incredible story on the Digital Wedding Forum, and she kindly gave me permission to re-post it here. the Canon 7D might be rugged, but it isn't entirely fire-proof ... Petra's fiance, Erkki, recently bought a new (used) car, just before a planned vacation. They had intended on cruising in the MG  Read more inside...

sequence: setting up the lighting at a photo shoot

analysis of the lighting setup during a photo shoot

The photo above of Jessica, my assistant, shows the final lighting setup during a recent commercial shoot.  I had to photograph various people at a medical technology imaging company for use on their website and promotional material.  I had to show some of the workplace, but put the accent on the person I am  Read more inside...