Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pushing Flash Sync Speed

Pushing the Sync Speed?
Those from the B&W film era will remember push processing film. In digital we used to push the ISO in the days when cameras topped out at ISO 800 or lower. Today I want to demonstrate pushing the camera's flash sync speed. The result is a bit different from pushing ISO, as it is not uniform across the frame (okay, it isn't a perfect analogy). However, the effect is quite distinctive and can be put to good use.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lighting Outside with Flash

Off Camera Flash Outside
Today we will take a look at using off camera flash to supplement natural light. I know that someone will wonder, why would I want to do that? After all, isn't natural light the best light? In my opinion, the best light is the light that looks best. Sometimes a reflector will work wonders for an all natural light sitting, but things are not always such that one can make use of reflectors. This is especially true when shooting candids and even more so when there is nobody to assist.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tabletop Photography – Half Round Hair Accessory

A Last Look at Tabletop Photography
More tabletop coming at you again today and it is the last installment for this tabletop series. This time we are dealing with quite a different lighting problem from what we've seen in these last few examples. The crystal pieces needed a bit of on axis light to create direct reflection for more pop. Today we have a piece for which we want to mostly eliminate direct reflection. The problem is, it is half round, so there is nowhere the light can be placed that will not cause some direct reflection. What to do about this? Read on and I'll show you how I approached the problem...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tabletop Photography – Oval and Rectangular Crystal Hair Accessories

Even More Fun with Tabletop Photography

Doing tabletop again today. I have two subjects to show this time and they are similar to what we saw in the last post. After this we move on to a different tabletop subject.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tabletop Photography – Butterfly Crystal Hair Accessory

More Fun with Tabletop Photography
Today we dive into tabletop again. Though the subject is not the most exciting, each type of item presents its own challenges that are worth documenting for discussion. Some items can be downright difficult, but I thought that we would start with something relatively straight forward, so let's get going.