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In a recent podcast with Joe McNally, he mentioned a few simple techniques that will be further explored at his upcoming Photoshop World Pre-Conference class.  Usually when people use a flash, they think that it’s only for low-light situations.  Joe mentions a few things that can open your eyes to simple tricks that can certainly […]

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This tutorial is from a new class called Up and Running with Studio Strobes I just completed for Lynda.com.  It is co-taught with my friend Abba Shapiro. Wireless triggers can come in handy during a photoshoot and free up the photographer to focus on creative direction. In this tutorial, Abba Shapiro and Rich Harrington explain how to trigger […]

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In the shot above I used a single 400Ws flash pack and head. I fitted a 28cm high efficiency reflector and lit my model from a distance of five metres. The pack was an Elinchrom Quadra and it was flat out on full power. Full length pictures require more flash power than close ups because […]

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A lighting tool for unique applications – (different versions work with different brands/models of flash – this test was on a Canon flash) Guest Post by Doug Daulton - Follow Doug on Twitter When first handed the Light Blaster, I was a little dubious.  It seemed a bit like a kitschy toy not suited for a […]

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Have you ever attended a truly great seminar? Where the impact on your life was enough to actually motivate you to change? A couple of weeks ago I attended Skip Cohen University’s THRIVE in Las Vegas, and it was just that sort of event. The best thing about SCU is the relationships you get to […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich is joined by special guest Syl Arena to discuss a range […]

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Guest post and photos by Robert O’Toole - Follow Robert on Twitter Complete setup as pictured above: Canon 5D MK II, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro lens, SunpakPF20XD flash, dual flash bracket made into a single flash bracket and Studio hut PT-04 Radio flash trigger. After I developed my lightweight hand holdable reasonably priced macro […]

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Guest Post and Photos by Matthew Jordan Smith - Follow Matthew on Twitter Recently I was asked how I decide which light source to use for photo shoots and which light modifiers are best in certain situations. The determining factors in making my decision on each shoot varies but I will attempt to describe a few […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter There’s much confusion about studio lighting. Some photographers think it’s too complicated and expensive, but in reality it can be neither. Part of this misunderstanding is caused by bewildering array of product types and their accompanying buzzwords. Here’s a quick break down: A monolight […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter The key part of determining any flash exposure is the lens’ aperture, but shutter speed plays an important role too. The duration of the flash output from electronic flash units is quite short— 1/1000th of a second or even faster is not uncommon. The […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace ­ Follow Joe on Twitter Light, as a wise photographer once told me, is light. The most important characteristics of any lighting system are the quality and the quantity of the output. The kind of hardware used will have an impact on both aspects and in general you’ll find […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter When making pictures of people during the day turning your built-in flash on is one of the simplest ways to improve your photographs. Instead of getting underexposed pictures or silhouettes, your friends will pop out of the background and so will the colors. So […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter Back in the day, when shooting film a Flashmeter and (expensive) Polaroid tests were indispensible in getting correct exposures but in a digital world filled with histograms and three-inch histograms the short answer is not always. While I usually use a flash meter or […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photofocus is proud to announce the addition of Andrew Darlow as a regular contributor to our site. Post by Andrew Darlow -  Follow Andrew on Twitter Electronic flash has many uses when outside. For starters, flash can reduce or eliminate “raccoon eyes,” a look that can occur due to shadows being cast under […]

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A few days ago I posted this photo of geese flying in formation at Bosque del Apache. It really is a once in a lifetime shot, because the geese were in great formation with separation against a dark background. But exposure was a bit challenging. I’d been shooting the geese as they took off in […]

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In case you don’t think you need a flash, here’s a quick little post that might help you see why you do. I shot this flower at the Portland Rose Garden while leading the Scott Kelby Photowalk last weekend. It was a sunny day, late morning and the light was harsh. I looked for flowers […]

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If you want to learn how to use your TTL flash, these tips will get you started. 1. Read the manual. Yes RTFM. It’s packed with valuable information on how to get the most out of your flash. I am always astonished that people will spend lots of money on books, training seminars, videos, etc., […]

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The image above was photographed with a Nikon P5100, ISO 800, 1/15th @ f/2.7. (Photo is Copyright 2009 Nicole S. Young – All Rights Reserved) Image and Post by Nicole Young – Follow Nicole Young on Twitter I have never been a fan of on-camera flash as the main light-source for a photograph, especially when […]

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Photofocus Episode 6

Hosts: Scott Bourne (www.scottbourne.com or www.twitter.com/scottbourne) and Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com or www.twitter.com/ricksammon)

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

Welcome to Episode Number 6 of Photofocus with Scott Bourne and Rick Sammon. The show devoted to your photography 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]. You can also send your questions via Twitter to either Scott or Rick. Use the hashtag #photoqa to make sure that we can find them. 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 are talking about flash photography.

Question One – Lighting Recommendations

@arielko can you recommend any strobes, ring flashes, power packs? but not as expensive as Profoto, broncolor. Is White Lighting good?

Rick: I’m a Canon explorer of light and as far as ring flashes I’ve only tried the MR 14EX and the Macro Twin Lite 24 EX. I like the less expensive 14EX for 2 reasons. It’s easier to use and it gives off a nice diffuse type of lighting.

Scott: I use Elinchrom which is unfortunately very expensive but most of my friends on a budget rave about Alien Bees. Alien Bees also offers a ring flash but the Ray Flash adapter will work with any flash and turn it into a ring flash. When it comes to lighting equipment you do tend to get what you pay for. If you’re going to be hauling it around, the cheaper stuff doesn’t tend to fair so well.

Rick: Another option is Westcott makes the Apollo and the mini-Apollo. You can put any type of flash in them and trigger them with something like a PocketWizard. Continue reading

This photo was shot against a gray background. At the last minute, the client said they wanted all the shots made against a black background. No problem. We just moved everything back away from the gray background to make it look black! Here’s a quick tip about flash and how it impacts your background. If […]

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