A participant in my photographing kids workshop took these three images, all with the same off camera lighting setup. The table in the shot represents a rectangle for lighting purposes. I placed 2 Speedlights diagonally across from each other, off each corner of the table. When the lights are diagonally across the rectangle you can shoot from any position around a straight edge of the table.
The flashes were placed in the plastic stand that comes with the flash and placed on some end tables. Then they were pointed up into the ceiling. The flashes were both tripped by the Canon 7D’s wireless system and I used E-TTL with a 2:1 ratio.
In the image above you can see the brighter of the 2 flashes is behind the girls creating a rim light in their hair.
In this image the brighter light is on the right. This time there faces are side lit.
In this image the brighter light is on the left side and the fill light is on the right side.
I’m starting a new series of videos called “Fun with Menus”. The title was an idea I had from the Big Bang Theory where Sheldon does a webcast called “Fun with Flags”. Anyway I know this video is probably very boring but it does have some good information in it and why it’s aptly named “Fun with Menus”.
You may have heard of an app. called The Photographer’s Ephemeris as an app. for a smart phone. It’s very helpful for planning photo trips because you can see your position on a map and where sunrise and set set will occur plus it gives you the times. What you may not have known is that this app. is free for the PC or Mac and that’s a good deal because the app. is fairly expensive. You can download it here:
It’s a common question I get all the time. The first step is to figure out what kind of photography you plan to use it for and then look for the functions that would help you the most. For example if you like to shoot landscapes you probably want a full frame sensor with a high mega pixel count. If you shoot weddings you will want a full frame sensor with high ISO availability and if you shoot sports you need a rugged camera with a fast frame rate.
I was watching Trey Ratcliff the other day on Google+ and he made an interesting comment. Trey is famous for his HDR landscapes and he claims people respond more to his photos if they contain these 5 things and the more of them that are in the photo the better people seem to like it. It seems to relate to human nature and how these things make people feel. Here are the 5 things.
1. Water (freshwater seems to be better then the ocean)
2. Distance (people like to see wide open spaces or big skies)
3. Trees (people feel like they have a safe area with shelter)
4. Path (a path or road give the viewer a way to move through the image)
5. Weather (especially dramatic weather because we all like to talk about the weather)
Try it out and post your results did people comment more or not. What do you think?
This is a list of mistakes I frequently see my photography student’s make. Of course anyone can make them from time to time and I’ll include some of my blunders along the way. Don’t forget to post your common mistakes in the comment section of this post.
1. Forgetting to take off your lens cap. Silly I know but it happens all the time.
2. Hitting a dial and changing a setting when you didn’t realize it. Using the lock settings switch can prevent this from happening. This happens to me when I do studio photography in manual mode and let’s say I set the aperture to f/8 and half way through the shoot I accidently hit the dial which changed the aperture to something else and now my exposure is wrong.
3. Turning off autofocus and then forgetting to turn it back on and wondering why my camera won’t focus.