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Photofocus Episode 96

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne)

Special Guest: Kevin Kubota (www.kubotaimagetools.com or www.twitter.com/kevinkubota)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

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Welcome to Episode Number 96 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Kevin Kubota. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about reflectors:

Question One – Reflectors

What’s the difference between a gold, silver and white reflector? Peter Williams Toronto, Ontario CA

Kevin: It will be the color and intensity that it reflect. If you’re looking for that that warm California sun kissed look then the gold works really well. If you want that same crisp light without the gold cast then silver works really well. White is a bit softer and more neutral. Personally I tend to go with white reflectors.

Scott: There are times when you want specularity and that’s when you’ll use the silver reflector.

Question Two – dSLR or Dedicated Video Camera

I know you shoot a lot of video. Is it better to use a DSLR or a dedicated video camera? Herman Goldman New York

Kevin: Personally I use a dSLR because I like being able to use all the lenses I have.

Scott: dSLRs are a lot of fun but can be hard to focus with. I’ve moved to dedicated video cameras for big shoots because you don’t have to gear them up like you do with dSLRs. I like the Canon XF series but I do have the C300 on order. If you’re going to shoot with a dSLR, I recommend getting something like a Zacuto Z-Finder. Continue reading

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Photofocus Episode 93

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 93 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that represent a particular topic and present them together.

This week we kick things off with a question about wedding photography:

Question One – Exposing for the Dress or Face

Wedding photo question – Which is more important, holding detail in a bride’s dress or getting a good exposure on her face? Elliot Blake, New York

Scott: It is always most important to get the face exposed properly. There are always lots of techniques to balance those two things like using reflectors, fill flash, etc.

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Photofocus Episode 92

Host: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com
or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Joe Farace (www.joefarace.com or www.twitter.com/joefarace)

Show notes by Bruce Clarke (www.momentsindigital.com
or www.twitter.com/bruceclarke)

Welcome to Episode Number 92 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and special guest Joe Farace. Photofocus is the show devoted to your questions about anything
photography related including gear, technique, locations, etc. Your questions
will shape the direction of this show so be sure to send your questions to [email protected]. We will try to answer as many as we can but we
get a lot of questions so we’ll try to take a collection of questions that
represent a particular topic and present them together.

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Adorama is more than just a camera store. Visit Adorama.com to shop for a variety of other electronic items.

This week we kick things off with a question about exposure compensation:

Question One – Exposure Compensation

When I set exposure compensation (on my Nikon D7000) what actually gets adjusted? Shutter speed? Aperture? ISO? I mean something has to give, right? David Rabenau from Webster Groves, MO.

Joe: It will vary depending upon what mode your camera is in. If you are in Av mode – the shutter speed will vary. If you are in Tv or Shutter Priority – then your Aperture will change. As far as ISO, many cameras have an auto ISOs feature but I find they often pick to high of an ISO.

Scott: Make sure you read your manual and it will do a good job of explaining the settings on your particular camera. Auto ISO can work well with fast moving subjects where the lighting might change very quickly. Many of the high end cameras allow you to set an ISO range.

Question Two
- Shooting in High Humidity Locations

What should I be concerned about when shooting in high humidity locations? I have a canon 5d Mark II. Kevin Banning Newburgh, Indiana

Joe: I would bag the camera. The change in temperature can cause misting and fogging. If you put it inside a sealed plastic bag and allow it to acclimate you should be fine.

Scott: You want to keep the condensation off the camera so if you put it in a bag then it forms on the bag and not on the camera. You don’t want condensation to get into the lens or it can create mold and that will ruin the lens. Check your manual for operating conditions for your camera.

Question Three – Shooting Sports with an ND Filter

I was shooting a high school football game recently in the middle of the afternoon. The opposing team, wearing all white, has a tendency to have their uniforms largely turn out as blown highlights with not a lot of detail even on a slightly overcast day. I was wondering whether it’s normal practice for professional sports shooters to use a neutral density filter to allow them to use a small f stop for short depth of field and blurry backgrounds, but also slow the shutter speed to not blow out the highlights in the uniforms? Scot from Cedarville OH

Scott: The way to avoid blown out hilites is to get the proper exposure. Sometimes we have more latitude in the scene than the camera can handle so adding an ND filter will just make the overall scene darker – it won’t reduce the range between the shadows and hilites. I’ve never seen any pro sports shooters use an ND filter. Understand that photography is always about compromise and the religion about blown-out hilites drives me crazy. If the exposure on the face is good, then I don’t care if the jerseys are blown out. If you shoot in RAW you might have more latitude in your shot.

Joe: He didn’t mention if he is using flash. If he is using flash, some fabrics might fluoresce.

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