photo session: urban ballerina – Oktavia

photo session: urban ballerina - Oktavia

Oktavia is the stunning model on the cover of my book on off-camera flash. We've intended to do another photo shoot ever since then, but busy schedules kept us from that until recently. A theme that Oktavia wanted to explore, was that of the Urban Ballerina. The idea with the urban ballerina is the contextual dissonance of  Read more inside...

shooting in low light – flash and incandescent light

using flash in an incandescent / tungsten environment

I have used this photograph several times in the past to illustrate various aspects of flash photography in low light, so it might be time to discuss this image more thoroughly. We'll also pull together a few other topics and see how it all comes together at this one point: - dragging the shutter, - gelling  Read more inside...

mixing the white balance of different light sources

mixing the white balance of different light sources

While we would do well to gel our flash when working in a very warm or incandescent spectrum, (such as when shooting at a venue bathed in Tungsten light), the last few articles showed how we can use it to our advantage when using different light sources with different color balance. The effect can be quite  Read more inside...

wedding portraits: finding something to bounce your flash off

wedding portraits: finding something to bounce your flash off

One of the frequent questions that come up, is what to do when there is nothing to bounce your flash off.  When working indoors and there are bounce-able surfaces around me, my first instinct is to use on-camera bounce flash. It is easy to use, and the results can look surprisingly good, especially if you  Read more inside...

New to flash photography? Where to even start

New to flash photography?  Start here!

In preparing the material for the just-completed webinar, Don't Fear Your Flash, I had given some thought to where I should start with the material. Flash photography on one level is so simple once you "get it" ... but from the outside, it can look intimidating and complex. I feel that flash photography is one of those subjects  Read more inside...

using the PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller

using the PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller

This portrait of musician, Josh Adams, was a fairly quick set-up. I deliberately chose an area in a large hotel conference room to shoot this. A bit of a challenge to see how quickly I could get a simple but dramatic portrait out of a 'nothing' scenario. Here's the pull-back shot that will show you the area, as well as the  Read more inside...

review: Lumodi beauty dish for speedlights

review: Lumodi beauty dish for speedlights

Light from a Beauty Dish has a distinctive look - an interesting combination of soft light with a pronounced fall-off to the edges. With a softbox there is a lot of scattering of the light, making it exactly that soft light source that it is named after.  A softbox is therefore quite forgiving of how you position the light in  Read more inside...

flash ‘on top of’ ambient light – adding flash to ambient light

adding bounce flash to ambient light

Using images from a past workshop, I want to explain a simple concept with flash photography on location. In workshops and seminars I quite often describe the flash as 'riding on top of' the available light exposure. It's just another way of describing the usual technique of under-exposing the ambient light somewhat, and then using  Read more inside...