flash and tungsten lighting

flash and tungsten lighting - gelling your flash for incandescent lighting

Flash, for me, is an essential tool in sweetening the available light and improving the quality of the existing light. I often see comments on the photography forums to the effect that with cameras like the Nikon D3 or Canon 1D mk3, where you have exceptional high-iso noise performance, that  Read more inside...

spotlight interview

Every week James Robinson features an interview on his blog with a photographer that has caught his attention.  And this week the privilege is mine - and you can read it here: spotlight interview - photographer Neil van Niekerk. And for no other reason than to spruce up this quickie post, here is one of my favorite images from a destination wedding I photographed in the  Read more inside...

a solution to a persistent Bridge CS3 problem

a solution to a persistent Adobe Bridge CS3 problem (Windows)

A few days ago I posted on an online forum about a persistent problem I've been having with Bridge CS3.  The problem arises when I open Bridge and navigate to a folder, in that Bridge doesn't show any thumbnails but will just show a blank grey right-hand pane. Just a few hours later, one of the most  Read more inside...

a raw element of style

During the portrait sessions with my couples, I try to maintain a fluid style of photographing them.  Instead of rigidly posing I try to direct only a little, adjusting my position and my composition.  I really want as natural looking and flattering portraits as I can, while getting a variety of images.  For these reasons I move around a lot while shooting ... and I often try  Read more inside...

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...