How many times has it happened where you take a shot, using the camera settings and things just don’t look quite right?  Probably not all that often, because today’s cameras do an amazing job most of the time.  Manufacturers have analyzed millions of images to develop automatic and semi-automatic modes that do a great job for you.  But let’s talk about two situations where the automation may not do what is needed.

You’ve been working hard and doing a lot of test shooting and are ready to start doing serious photography for a positive return. In order to be able to take control of your growth, you must be able to manage light. Professional photographers know that existing light is hard because there’s no output control and it’s pretty hard to direct it where you want to go. That’s why serious pros use lighting. It’s About Flash Stop!  No running away.  All the stuff you’ve heard or read on the net about […]

Off Camera Flash

You will need five basic pieces to get started with off-camera flash. Unsurprisingly, one of those pieces is the off-camera flash itself. Then you will need a light stand, a tilting umbrella bracket, a basic umbrella and a sandbag. Let’s look at each of these pieces individually.

Our cameras these days are computerized wizards. We will get more successful shots based on the power of automation and advanced sensors without a lot of manual effort than we ever have in the past. There are still conditions though, where the camera cannot do it on its own and needs some external help, and that can come in the form of a flash unit that attaches to the camera hot shoe. I’m always a bit surprised by the number of people who have spent a fair bit of income […]