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...

Creative portrait photography on location

creative portrait photography on location

Creative portrait photography on location - allowing opportunities to happen

There was an interesting challenge for me during a recent individual photography workshop in NYC - Don (who arranged the workshop), already knew the essentials of lighting techniques, and said what he really wanted was insight into the way that I see a photo before I take it.  How do I know  Read more inside...

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: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash – photo shoot

review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash – photo shoot

review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash - photo shoot

Over the years I have used a variety of off-camera lights on location shoots and at weddings, and have worked my way up from Dynalite and Quantum flashes (and speedlights), to the Profoto B1. The Profoto B1 (affiliate) has made such a difference for me in the ease of use, the speed of setting up, and the sheer  Read more inside...

Tutorials on using your camera – focusing modes

Tutorials on using your camera - focusing modes

I want to expand the exposure metering tutorials with other basic tutorials on camera settings and photography techniques. It's been in the works a while now, and here is the tutorial on the focusing modes of your camera. Similar to many of the other tutorial articles on Tangents, I wanted to distill the essential  Read more inside...

review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 vs Canon and Nikon

review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 vs Canon and Nikon

review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4  vs  Canon and Nikon

Even when taking photography only slightly seriously, you'll have come up against the legendary name, Zeiss. Renowned for innovations in optical designs that helped shape the history of photography, the Zeiss brand name is also synonymous with precision engineered lenses and impeccable attention to build quality. With  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...

guidelines to photographic composition – but no rules!

photographic composition - a few guidelines (but no rules!)

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” - Ansel Adams For me, if a photograph is intended for an audience, and not just my own records and memories - then its success hinges around impact. Does the photograph make you stop for a few seconds at least to take it in? Then  Read more inside...

on-location portraits – when simplicity counts

on-location portraits - when simplicity counts  (model: Anelisa)

This is one of those images - a portrait which is simplicity itself - and yet there is something about it, with Anelisa's riveting gaze and her pose, the muted complimentary colors - and the photograph just falls together somehow in a way that makes it one of my favorite photos that I've shot in a while.  Read more inside...

an essential two-speedlight setup for on-location lighting

on-location flash photography - adding backlighting / rim-light

Once you're comfortable using a single off-camera light-source, such as a softbox (or un-diffused flash), there's an easy next step to add a little bit of zing to the image. Rim-lighting! I most often work with just a single softbox when photographing portraits on location. Having the sun behind your  Read more inside...