camera settings: photo session with a couple in bright sunlight

camera & flash settings: photo session with a couple in bright sunlight

Analyzing other photographer's work to figure out how they got the result, and figure out how to re-create it if you want, is a solid exercise. I do it often. It's part of expanding your understanding of photography and lighting, and a way of expanding your technique and your  Read more inside...

photography technique: wedding portraits on the beach

photography technique: wedding portraits on the beach

I had the great pleasure of photographing Sarah and Antonio's wedding in Santa Monica, California. For the romantic portrait, we went down to the beach in the late afternoon. With the pier in the background, and with the sun (even at 5pm) still beating down, the photos were going to look vibrant, with that  Read more inside...

reverse engineering an image (3) – contest result & feedback

wedding portraits with multiple light sources

We have a winner for the contest we had last week, where we had to reverse-engineer the lighting in a photograph. I'll be contacting the winner who will shortly receive a $50 B&H gift voucher. Thank you everyone for vigorously participating! Here is Josh Lynn to explain what he did for the lighting in the contest  Read more inside...

reverse engineering an image (3) – a contest!

wedding portraits with multiple light sources

edited on Dec 08, 2010 : contest winner has been announced, with feedback from Josh about this photograph When we've previously featured photographs that we tried to reverse engineer, there was a great response by readers of the Tangents blog. Similarly, many participated in the  Read more inside...

flash & ambient light – reverse engineering an image (2)

off camera flash for portraits of the bridal couple

My friend, Josh Lynn, just posted this spectacular wedding photograph.  It does look like he used flash there, so I thought this would make a another good example to see if we can 'reverse engineer' a photograph in terms of his settings and setup. I first had a guess at how he set this up; and then had a look at  Read more inside...

flash & ambient light – reverse engineering an image

combining off-camera flash and ambient light

For a semi-guest-post this week, I thought I'd use a photo taken by my friend Josh Lynn, and reverse-engineer the lighting.  By scrutinizing the photo, we'll try and decipher how he set this up.  I did of course have the help of double-checking with Josh himself, and by checking the EXIF data. Josh is a New Jersey  Read more inside...