flagging your flash to control back-lighting

flagging your back-lighting flash with the black foamie thing

My favorite on-camera light modifier, the black foamie thing, is of course, nothing more than a very affordable (and flexible) way to flag your flash. This helps control how the light from your on-camera flash spills. (It's not a flash diffuser!) I also keep one on hand when I use off-camera flash, to flag  Read more inside...

reasons to choose TTL flash – speed & simplicity

TTL flash for the simplicity and speed

Okay, true strobists might recoil in horror, but I often prefer using TTL flash to sweeten an image when shooting on location. I just get to the final image faster than if I had gone the more methodical route of manual flash. For some situations, manual flash is the only way to go. For example, when your subject is static in  Read more inside...

photography technique – taking photos in hard sunlight

taking photos in hard sunlight

Taking photographs of people in hard sunlight will always be one of the more daunting lighting situations we can find ourselves in. Without additional lighting, or the use of scrims, we have a few basic ways of dealing with the harsh sun: - pose our subject into the light, - pose our subject with their back to the sun, or - just suck  Read more inside...

Photoshop tip – easy effect for more punch to your images

Photoshop tip - easy effect for more punch

Here is a well-known Photoshop technique - one that I like and use on occasion. It desaturates the photograph, while also compressing the tonal range. It creates a modern look that also looks quite trendy. It is also quite easy to apply, by dragging the layers from a reference image once you've set it up. Starting with the  Read more inside...

a simple lighting setup for home studio photography

simple lighting setup for home studio photography

This photo of Anelisa and Aleona, two of my favorite models, were taken towards the end of the evening of the most recent flash photography and lighting workshop in New York. The studio that the workshop was held in, had a white cyclorama that was just inviting to be used. As a recap of manual flash photography, I  Read more inside...

exposure metering & observing the available light (model: Aleona)

exposure metering & observing the available light

As a photographer you'll often hear instruction to just "look at the available light". Great. But this advice is also often given without clear examples of what we're actually supposed to be looking at. So let's explore that a little bit using a sequence of images of our model, Aleona, photographed during a recent  Read more inside...

using high-speed flash sync / Auto FP (model – Aleona)

when you'd use high-speed flash sync / Auto FP

Going to High-Speed Flash sync, ie, over maximum flash sync speed, comes with a penalty. So here's a solid recipe for when it makes most sense to go to high-speed flash sync / Auto FP. When you need either - shallow depth-of-field, or - fast shutter speeds, and - you have the flash power to spare. As mentioned  Read more inside...

recap: photography workshop – Jersey City & Manhattan (2010)

recap: photography workshop - Jersey City & Manhattan (2010)

Aleona caught in mid-air during the recent flash photography workshop. As part of an explanation of High-Speed Flash Sync, she patiently vaulted into the air numerous times for everyone who attended the 2nd day of the workshop.  As before, the 2nd day is the on-location fun practical segment of the  Read more inside...

workshop view: Jersey City and Manhattan

flash photography workshop in New York

Aleona was one of our striking models at the recent 2-day flash photography workshop held in Jersey City and Manhattan.  The setting here was in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, with Manhattan in the background.  The challenge was to overcome the hard sunlight with a small speedlight ... and still make it look good. The flash  Read more inside...

Aleona (model)

Aleona - lit with an off-camera Q-flash T5D-R, using Quantum's wireless system, and a 24x32 softbox on a lightstand.  camera settings: 1/1000th @ f4 @ 200 ISO. related posts: - synching at higher than maximum flash sync speed - video clip: NYC photo sessions  Read more inside...