tutorial: how to use the guide number of your flash

using the guide number of your flash to determine flash exposure

GN  =  distance  *  f-stop Your flash's Guide Number (GN) is determined at 100 ISO, when it gives correct exposure at a certain distance, multiplied by the f-stop The idea that we can figure out the manual flash exposure by the combination of distance and aperture (for a given ISO setting), was  Read more inside...

getting the most power from your flash / speedlite / speedlight

getting the most power from your flash / speedlite / speedlight

This might be obvious, but the most power (or light) that you're going to get from your flash, is at full output in manual. Then the flash dumps everything it has. Full power. You could of course zoom your flash-head a little tighter and get more power / range, but essentially, you're at the  Read more inside...

bounce flash portrait – a consistent technique

bounce flash portrait - a consistent technique

WPPI 2012 took place during the past week - as always, a crazy-hectic and exciting event. I once again presented a Master Class at WPPI. But I also took time to present a private mini-workshop to the first 3 people that signed up. We went over a condensed version of my full-day workshop, covering most of the material in  Read more inside...

photo sessions – Shawna

photo sessions  - Shawna - using a variety of photographic lighting options

Shawna is the delightful model I used while I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. She helped us out during the mini-workshops I offered, as well as some photos of my own.  I've posted a few photos from these already, but thought it might be interesting to show a further selection of images and  Read more inside...

photo session – Shawna – with the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController

photo session - Shawna - using the PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller

While in Las Vegas for WPPI 2011, the team at PocketWizard asked me if I would be interested in them shooting a short video clip of me using the new PocketWizards for Nikon. I didn't hesitate in saying yes!  Here is the description of the setup of the one photo sessions I did. There was another one,  Read more inside...

video light vs bounce flash

video light vs bounce flash

It's easy enough getting nice clean open light with a single on-camera speedlight when shooting indoors. By bouncing your flash with the idea of getting directional light from your flash, you can effortlessly get portraits like this. As usual, I used the black foamie thing to flag my flash and get more light on the one side of my subject's  Read more inside...

photography: direction of the light – using available light

photography: direction and quality of light

This striking photo of Shawna illustrates something that I want to underline: at some level, our consideration of the light that we're using remains the same, whether we're using available light, or flash, or video light or some other continuous light source. We need to consider the direction and quality of the light we  Read more inside...