Soften Your Speedlight
Nov04

Soften Your Speedlight

A soft light source is a better choice for portrait and glamour photographs than a hard one because it’s more flattering to the subject and, as a side benefit, requires less retouching in the digital darkroom. The shoe-mount flash that’s part of your camera system has one major goal: To deliver the most lighting output at efficiently as possible. Most of the time, that’s a good idea but sometimes a little softness will minimize the...

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Micro Four-thirds:  Built-in Flash for Holiday Photos
Dec16

Micro Four-thirds: Built-in Flash for Holiday Photos

Last week I had an early morning photo session with a family for their holiday photos. I thought I was being prepared by putting my camera case in the trunk the night before.  Even when I woke up and it was 25 degrees I didn’t think that it would affect my camera equipment. When I arrived at the shoot there was still a freezing rain. I got out my Lumix GH3 and Metz external flash I was surprised when the flash wouldn’t charge because...

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Using Flash for Outdoor Portraits
Jan31

Using Flash for Outdoor Portraits

Portraits are all about light, so you should begin the process of creating great outdoor portraits—including glamour photography—by looking for locations where there’s plenty of natural light but I’d also suggest that you bring along your electronic flash. Even the small pop-up flashes that are built into most digital SLRs can perk up your outdoor portraiture. The key to improving your outdoor portraits is knowing when it’s the right...

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Using Your Built-In Flash for Casual Portraits
May24

Using Your Built-In Flash for Casual Portraits

The key to using your camera’s built-in flash is knowing the right time to use it. If there’s any secret at all to knowing when, it’s learning how to see the light falling on your subject, especially the range of shadows and highlights within the scene. Learning to see light is not difficult but takes a bit of practice and using your camera’s preview screen will help you instantly analyze those flash photographs to see how successful...

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One Light Glamour, with a Softbox
Mar20

One Light Glamour, with a Softbox

Experiment. Don’t go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting. – Mason Resnick What my friend Mason was saying applies to all kinds of photography, including portraiture or glamour where it’s all too easy to set a subject on a posing stool and place them in “Pose A”, then move then into “Pose B,” making the whole process so mechanical even...

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Making Electronic Flash Connections
Feb22

Making Electronic Flash Connections

It’s What’s in Your Camera Bag Wednesday! Small accessories can sometime make the difference between being able to make a shot or not. Nowhere in photography is this truer than when trying to synch studio flash units with your SLR. The traditional PC (Prontor-Compur) synch flash connection formerly standard on every SLR has but has all but disappeared from today’s entry and mid-level digital SLRs is . There is, on many...

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Flash for Outdoor Portraits Makes a Difference
Nov10

Flash for Outdoor Portraits Makes a Difference

These days, most point-and-shoot cameras have built-in flash. Many digital SLRs do too but not all of the so-called “professional” models, even though having a small flash available with the click of a button can make the difference between a good photograph and a not-so-good one. When should you use the built-in flash? The most obvious answer is when the light is low and you need to illuminate your subject but that may not be the...

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