wedding photography: working with higher ISO settings

This was a first for me  - a couple who high-five each other after the first kiss! (This was from a wedding last year.) My settings : 1/100th @ f3.2 @ 32oo ISO. Yes ... 3200 ISO.  I couldn't use flash and I needed a hand-holdable shutter speed with the 70-200mm zoom.  Even though it is a stabilized lens, I do need a shutter speed that is fairly fast to stop any  Read more inside...

direct fill-flash from your on-camera speedlight

using direct fill-flash from your on-camera speedlight

Here’s a question that comes up often in emails I receive:  Do I use a diffuser of some kind outdoors or do I just use direct flash, with the flash in the straight ahead position. The simple answer is that yes, outdoors I most often shoot with my speedlight straight-on with no diffuser or light modifier,  Read more inside...

world in motion …

This image from the recent photo-session with Amy and Nick in Manhattan received a number of comments and questions about the technique.  The basic camera settings for several sequences of images here, were 1/20th (at f8) and 1/10th @ f11.  The image above was one of a sequence at 1/20th.  But there's more to it ...  Read more inside...

traveling light in Vegas

Even though most of the tutorial pages here deal with on-camera flash, I don't limit myself to just using on-camera flash. When I need off-camera lighting or when I need more juice from my flashguns than a speedlight can deliver, I use the Q-flashes made by Quantum. For this wedding in Las Vegas, I decided to travel light and as an additional flashgun, bring along a single  Read more inside...

this happened in Vegas ..

Doug Fairbairn asked me about this image from a recent post on my wedding photography blog, where I showed some images from a Las Vegas destination wedding: Great photos. I’m wondering about the lighting for the second photo - B&G and wedding party walking to camera with sun in background. How did you get so much light on their faces? Was it just reflected from the walkway  Read more inside...

flash brackets revisited …

I have substantially rewritten my original page on the use of flash brackets.  Digital photography technology is steadily improving to the point where we now have cameras with fairly clean 1600 ISO settings, and very usable 3200 ISO. It is now ever more easy to get great results with bounce flash, and have all the light from the flash be indirect.  With this, the need for me to  Read more inside...

wedding photography: standing out / blending in

wedding photography: standing out / blending in

An interesting question I received in an email recently had me thinking about, and considering my style in photographing weddings: Do you sometimes feel as if you can't be inconspicuous in order to get a certain shot during a wedding? There have been times I feel like I'm not blending into the background enough. How do  Read more inside...

Nikon D300 custom settings

Nikon D300 custom settings

The Nikon D300 (which superseded the highly-regarded D200), offers great image quality and offering many of the same features of the Nikon D3, but at a more affordable price - all of which will make the D300 a camera that many professional photographers will chose as their main camera. Many of the custom settings of the D300 are the same  Read more inside...

off-camera flash photography: what are your camera settings?

off-camera flash photography: what are your camera settings?

What are your settings? -  a question that I am often asked about various images. Sometimes, the answer is surprising  -  it doesn't really matter. Sometimes the specific settings are of importance, but usually much less so than the method of getting to correct exposure of the ambient light and  Read more inside...