camera & flash settings: what do you want to achieve?

camera & flash settings: what do you want to achieve?  (model: Ulorin Vex)

In one of the multitude of photography groups on Facebook, I saw a newcomer to off-camera flash say that she bought an Alien-Bee set, but she has no idea what to set it to. My reply was that she needed a light-meter. My thinking is that then she'd know what the specific output of the flash  Read more inside...

off-camera flash for that extra bit of drama – (model: Olena)

finessing photographic composition - and using off-camera flash vs. available light

With this background, I liked the way the dots were repeated in Olena's dress in reverse - white dots on black, instead of black dots / holds on silver. I liked the repetition, and decided to work with the composition of this photograph a bit.  For the final sequence of images - of  Read more inside...

evening photo session in New York – Sarah & Mark

New York photo session with Sarah & Mark - off-camera flash

Sarah and Mark were in New York, dressed to the nines, to attend the Rockettes show. And while they were dressed up, and with some time before the show they were attending, we did a photo session. You might remember them as the couple in my book, off-camera flash. I've also photographed Sarah on other  Read more inside...

on-location lighting in photography – an uncomplicated start

lighting in photography - it does not have to be complicated to start

During a lunch-time conversation, a friend told me that she felt intimidated by the on-location flash photography by other photographers. The way to use multiple-flash setups seemed impenetrable to grasp. How would one go about and where do  you even start. This made me wonder - just how complicated  Read more inside...

photo-processing for a film look – Nik Color Efex Pro 4

Photoshop plug-in for a film look - Nik Color Efex Pro 4

For a part of the individual workshop we did yesterday, Anelisa wore this cute outfit with a bit of a retro look to it. I loved her spontaneous pose here as well. In editing the image, I thought that an "old school" film look to it might suit the final photograph very well. In previous examples shown here  Read more inside...

reasons to choose TTL flash – speed & simplicity

TTL flash for the simplicity and speed

Okay, true strobists might recoil in horror, but I often prefer using TTL flash to sweeten an image when shooting on location. I just get to the final image faster than if I had gone the more methodical route of manual flash. For some situations, manual flash is the only way to go. For example, when your subject is static in  Read more inside...

getting the most power from your flash / speedlite / speedlight

getting the most power from your flash / speedlite / speedlight

This might be obvious, but the most power (or light) that you're going to get from your flash, is at full output in manual. Then the flash dumps everything it has. Full power. You could of course zoom your flash-head a little tighter and get more power / range, but essentially, you're at the  Read more inside...

flash photography tip: find your background, then your settings

off-camera flash photography tip - find your background, then your settings

With flash photography on location, we nearly always start off by figuring out what we want to do in relation to our available light. We might just need fill-flash, or or flash might need to do the "heavy lifting" and expose correctly for our subject in relation to the available light. When  Read more inside...

photo shoot: Film Noir Fight Scene, inspired by Frank Miller

photography inspiration: Film Noir Fight Scene

The Hudson Valley Click is a group of photographers in New York who arrange photo shoots for photographers who are interested in learning more or who would like to build their portfolios. I've mentioned them a few times in the past - photo shoot / haunted fashion / pin-up photography. With these photo sessions, they  Read more inside...

flash photography technique – turning day into night

flash photography technique - turning day into night

During the photo session with a couple, Laura & Todd, I wanted to add some variety to the images from the urban setting we were in. The sky had been overcast, but started to clear later on, leaving wispy clouds. Just perfect for a dramatic sky as the background. Of course, it is impossible to get your subject  Read more inside...