TTL flash is EXACTLY the same as TTL available light metering except that it meters the flash exposure and may or may not include the available light as part of the process. If we are so willing to trust TTL available light as a starting point, why not TTL flash?

Landscapes in Concept A landscape photograph is most often created to establish a context for a story.  The story can be told be the landscape itself, or act as the establishing shot for a slideshow, collage or short video such as you can do with tools like Adobe Spark.  Shooting landscapes is pretty easy, getting them to be great is a bit more work. Horizons A landscape always has a horizon in it somewhere.  This horizon line must be level.  If it is canted, your viewers will be uncomfortable, subconsciously […]

Rainy Days Make Great Portrait Days How would you like your portrait photography to stand out more? Would you like the most lovely and rich lighting that really pulls details out of the shadows while keeping the highlights in check? Cool! That’s what you can do on a rainy day! It’s really easy to shoot portraits inside. We’ve provided a number of articles on lighting and positioning for indoor portraits, but this time we are going to use the rain to our advantage. Gear for Working in the Rain Many […]

Introduction Buying a used lens does not have to be a risky proposition.  Use these tips to get a great lens and save money at the same time! Why Buy Used? Let’s all face a couple of facts.  When we buy a brand-new lens, we get one that has been used minimally, with only a couple of mountings to validate that it is working as designed.  Quality control is superb and the probability of getting a bad lens out of the factory is very small indeed.  However, as soon as […]

Shooting great video with your interchangeable lens camera is easy if you know the simple tips to make it work. We will start with the basic settings and then look at some key accessories that will raise the quality and watchability of your project. Camera Settings Most all cameras have a video mode. This is different from just pressing the Record button because it gives you some simple controls that make for better video right away. Figure 1 : This image shows the toggle switch on a Nikon camera to […]

Good Video needs Great Light Want to make professional looking videos?  Great lighting is a key element!  So, join me as I share the secrets and techniques of the Pros, that you can easily do in your own projects! Getting Started with Lighting Before we look into the type of lights, let’s learn a little bit about how light works.  Light is a complex thing that is both a particle and a wave from the view of physics.  Simply, this means that light moves in a straight line unless otherwise […]