Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

This topic - balancing flash and ambient exposure - seems to one that many newer photographers struggle with. The big hurdle seems to be the basic starting point - how do you decide on the exposure for each? I'd like to explore this topic a bit with this post. The trigger for this was a question that  Read more inside...

off-camera flash with a small softbox

off-camera flash with a small softbox

Most of the images shot as part of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG lens review, were with available light only. But for one sequence, I used off-camera flash. I didn't intend carrying a lot of equipment, so I stripped it down to the minimum. That meant forgoing my usual softbox, the Lastolite EZYBOX 24×24"  Read more inside...

multiple speedlite portrait setup using Rogue Flashbenders

multiple speedlite portrait setup using Rogue Flashbenders

The PDN Photo Plus Expo in New York took place last week. As always, it's it's always a bit of a head-rush walking around, overwhelmed by all the photography goodies and people. Of course, you'll inevitably bump into old friends and catch up a bit. One of them, is Michael Corsentino who I met during the After  Read more inside...

photo-shoot with a model: the progression of an idea

photographing a model on-location: the progression of an idea

As often happens for me when working a model on location, the final photographs are the result of a progression of an idea, rather than a fully-formed idea from the start. That colorful background came to be because of how I gelled for the flash. It's a technique I've shown a few times, and here it helped  Read more inside...

a wedding in Central Park, New York

Alvin & Lucia - their wedding in Central Park, New York

A groom holding up the softbox for me ... as you may well guess, there's a story here. Alvin and Lucia are from the UK, but decided to get married in Central Park. Of course, there's a story here too.  Read more inside...

lighting for on-location photo sessions – pick your battles

lighting for on-location photo sessions - pick your battles

When doing a photo session with a couple on location, I mix up the lighting as needed. With some photo sessions I may: - shoot available light only; - or I may decide with a photo session to use direct on-camera flash, with some sequences available light only; or - with some photo sessions I use  Read more inside...

photographing in bright sunlight – find the shade!

photographing in bright sunlight - find the shade!

Hard sunlight must be one of the most difficult lighting scenarios to work under. But with a bit of thought, we can work around it and still easily get photos that look great. It's a topic that we've touched on a number of times on the Tangents blog, (see related articles at the end here). Where I can though,  Read more inside...

shooting promotional photos for a band

camera settings: 1/50 @ f8 @ 800 ISO ... lens zoomed to 35mm;  available light

shooting promotional photos for a band

Anyone who knows me well is probably very aware that my first true love is music. I live my life to a music soundtrack. There's always music playing. Not the radio, but music of my own choice. I love music ... however, my sense of rhythm isn't all  Read more inside...

off-camera flash – creating separation with back-lighting

off-camera flash – creating separation with back-lighting (model: Bethany)

Another image from the photo session with Bethany, when I was in San Francisco earlier this year. This interesting background is part of the lobby area of a San Francisco night-club. I knew the wooden panelling and subdued incandescent lighting would make an interesting background because of  Read more inside...

manual off-camera fill-flash, controlling contrast (model – Ulorin Vex)

manual off-camera fill-flash, controlling the contrast   (model - Ulorin Vex)

In using a softbox outdoors on location, we easily get beautiful soft light. When we work indoors however, where the flash dominates, then the results can look very contrasty. The reason for this is that outdoors, the available light acts like a fill light.  This is especially true when we  Read more inside...