Proper Exposure for Outdoor Glamour Photography
Aug01

Proper Exposure for Outdoor Glamour Photography

“To me the face – the eyes, the expression of the mouth – is the thing that reflects character. It is the only part of the body that permits us to see the inner person!” – Philippe Halsman Lighting Ratio describes the difference between the main light and fill light and this relative strength can be measured with a light or flash meter. In camera meters measure the light that’s being reflected by the scene...

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Q&A: What Are Lighting Ratios
Jul28

Q&A: What Are Lighting Ratios

I’m always glad to hear from my readers. If you have any questions about what you read on this blog or in what I write about for Shutterbug magazine, please click on the Contact button above and simply ask. Question: In your review of the Multiblitz backpack kit you indicate that some the photographs have a 3 to 1 lighting ratio and have an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/11.  I’m familiar with lighting ratios but am weak in...

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Whats the Best Exposure Method?
Jul14

Whats the Best Exposure Method?

“If we know exactly where we’re going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we’ll see along the way, we won’t learn anything.”—M. Scott Peck In photography there are no one perfect or correct way to do anything, although some program presenters speakers may disagree arguing that only their way is the one, true perfect road. I disagree. There is no “my way or the highway” in photography. In my world—and on this...

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How I Became a People Photographer
May12

How I Became a People Photographer

It may come as a surprise to some of you but I didn’t start out to be a people photographer. Back in the day, when Mary and I opened our studio, we divided the workload: She photographed people and I photographed things, mostly architecture and some products. Every now and then because of scheduling and availability I would shoot a few business portraits but people were really Mary’s game. When she took an extended sabbatical from...

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Setting Exposure for Studio Lighting
Apr24

Setting Exposure for Studio Lighting

Metering studio lighting is done in the same way as it when shooting with natural light: By using a light meter. But you’re going to need a handheld light meter that also reads flash output. In most cases, the aperture that the flash meter provides will be close enough for your first test shots but you should take the time to look at the test image’s histogram and refine the exposure though repeated test shots until you have the...

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The Quest for Proper Exposure
Apr17

The Quest for Proper Exposure

“Available light is any damn light that is available!” – W. Eugene Smith At workshops and PhotoWalks the number one question that I get from attendees is about proper exposure. You would think that with all the automation built into today’s cameras that would be the last question they would ask but it is the first. That’s why, to me, the exposure compensation control is one of the most important parts of a digital camera....

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Sometimes You Have to Bracket
Feb02

Sometimes You Have to Bracket

just as pianists have to practice their scales, I think photographers should practice exposure. Obtaining  correct exposure is critical for maximizing quality and  more so for digital capture than for film. The exposure latitude—the ability to over or underexpose a captured image—is greater with color negative film than for any other type of media. Slide film, on the other hand, has the least amount latitude, especially on the...

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