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Creative use of second curtain sync

My husband and I frequent a local bar, who last weekend featured a Judas Priest tribute band. We’re both big fans of Priest, so we were enthusiastic to attend. I asked the bar manager beforehand if it would be okay for me to take photos while the band played. Not every band, and not every […]

Review: Speedliter’s Handbook

When learning how to apply off-camera flash to your photography, beginner and intermediate photographers will find Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites by Syl Arena to be an invaluable resource. Though written for Canon speedlite users, the book has advice, tips and tricks that can be applied to any brand of camera […]

Contest: Single Flash Drama

Hello all! I’ve got another contest to announce! Once we have mastered the basics of photography – the in’s and out’s of the camera, the exposure triangle, depth of field, and the like – our thoughts start turning toward the manipulation of light. Before we acquire the skills necessary to manage a whole studio full […]

PocketWizard Straight Out of the Box

I purchased two PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers (here’s the one for Nikon) for use with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon Speedlite 580EX II. This morning I took them out of their boxes, put the batteries in, put one on my speedlight (which was mounted on a light stand) and one on my camera’s hot shoe. […]

Flash, Strobe, or Constant Light?

When casting light upon your photographic subject, which is better, flashes and strobes, or constant light sources such as bulbs and lamps? The answer, as in many things in life, is “it depends”. Five Reasons To Use A Flash or Strobe: 1. You really need to be able to direct, modify and shape the light. […]

Expose for the Sky

A reader recently asked, “I’ve read a lot of photography articles where they say to “expose for the background” or “meter for the subject”, then “recompose and shoot”. When I do that, it still doesn’t work! My camera just adjusts the exposure for whatever I’m focusing on. For instance, if I want to take a […]

Light Meter Basics

One of the most essential items of gear that a photographer must have in his or her arsenal is a light meter (even though Steve didn’t mention it in his last article, and yes I jump at the chance to tease him). Some would argue that the light meter is just as important as the […]

The Buzz on the new 5D Mark III and 600EX-RT

I hope in the very near future to get my hands on an actual Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is selling for a whopping $3,500.00 for JUST the body (available for pre-orders, it’s expected to officially release sometime in April 2012) . From what I hear, it’s worth every penny: – 22.3 megapixel full […]

Christmas Wish List 2011 – Prepare for Black Friday – Part II

By Steve Russell Black Friday is this week. As a complement to Tiffany’s article on November 11, I thought I would put together a Christmas Wish List for the advanced photographer in your life or if that photographer is you, a list you can give to someone else as a hint. As Tiffany suggested, get […]

Your Weekend Project – Drip Drip Drop!

I just had way too much fun taking pictures of drops of water. This is a GREAT rainy-day (or cold winter day) photography project. It’s also a great teaching method if you have children or teens interested in photography! Here’s what you need: – A camera (naturally!) – A tripod – An external flash – […]