Your camera doesn’t matter – except when it does

Your camera doesn't matter - except when it does

Your camera doesn't matter - except when it does

There's this specific narrative that gets pushed that your camera and photo gear don't matter all that much. That it is your imagination and your eye that counts for the most. Perhaps, perhaps ... but without the necessary gear to enable what you're trying to capture, you're lost. It seems so self-evident. I would  Read more inside...

Engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

Engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

I love this photo! I also like how it came together. This was within minutes of meeting DaWeon and Toban for their engagement photo session in Philadelphia. We had only chatted on Skype before. Embarrassingly enough, I arrived late to the meeting place for their engagement session through my misunderstanding  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...

An informal portrait with the 85mm lens

An informal portrait with the 85mm lens - Sarah S.

Like pretty much every photo geek that I know of, I carry a camera with me wherever I go, for my personal photography. Now when the photography isn't for an actual planned shoot or professional shoot, but just for fun walk-about - then the choice of gear somehow becomes more involved. What lens should I take - wide,  Read more inside...

Flash photography: how far can you bounce your flash?

flash photography: how far can you bounce your flash?

Flash photography: how far can you bounce your flash?

The question regularly comes up: how far can you bounce your flash? The answer is quite straight-forward: It depends on the power of your flash, the bounce distance (and surfaces), ISO and aperture. Power, distance, aperture and ISO - the four things that control flash exposure. Yup, we can't really escape  Read more inside...

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison : depth-of-field & perspective

ull-frame vs crop-sensor comparison

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison :  depth-of-field & perspective

When the differences between full-frame and crop-sensor cameras are discussed, there is an inevitable question about whether the crop sensor multiplies the focal length. Whether a 50mm lens on a crop-sensor acts like a 75mm lens (on a 1.5x crop sensor) or 80mm lens (on a 1.6x crop sensor). The  Read more inside...

using the Profoto B1 portable flash at a wedding

using the Profoto B1 portable flash at a wedding

With wedding photography, there are nearly inevitably time-constraints. It is therefore imperative that you, as the wedding photographer, are able to keep everything running as smoothly as possible on your side. Which implies that it is important that you (and your equipment) are adaptable. And it is also hugely  Read more inside...

various scenarios: balancing flash with ambient light

various scenarios: balancing flash with ambient light

Adding flash to ambient light - its's a topic that can appear to be confusing. With advice that ranges from under-exposing the ambient light by a stop or two ... or dialing FEC down for fill-flash, or advice that you should be metering for the background ... it all appears confusing and contradictory. What we  Read more inside...

using interesting available light & white balance options

finding interesting available light & white balance options

It's always a feel-good moment to discover interesting available light while out on a photo shoot. Something unusual to add a new flavor to a different sequence of images. While photographing a model with Tilo Gockel and Mike Silberreis (both from Germany on a visit to NYC), we started off with  Read more inside...

using tele-converters: extra lens compression for tighter portraits

using tele-converters: extra lens compression for tighter portraits

One of the techniques to have your subject really stand out from the background, is to use the longest focal length on your 70-200mm telephoto zoom. One of the first things I do, is to zoom to maximum focal length, and then step backwards to find the composition … and then only zoom wider if  Read more inside...