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Working with White Balance

The following question came to me recently, so I thought I’d answer it here: Q:  I have a few questions/misunderstandings about white balance (WB) and how to set it as close as possible in camera settings. I know it may be difficult to set perfect WB, but setting a proper WB can be confusing for […]

Figure 1. 120 roll film spool, and 620 spool.

120 Film in 620 Film Cameras

The other day I posted an introduction to the Kodak Brownie Bull’s-Eye Medium Format film camera where I mentioned that the camera is designed to use the now defunct 620 roll film format.  Fortunately, 120 roll film remains a popular and readily available format and is similar in just about every way to the 620 […]

Clamshell Lighting

For this post, I’m pulling something directly from my new eBook, Basic Lighting For Portrait Photography.  This is a small section from the larger chapter on Headshots (Chapter 6) which covers a lot of material that builds upon earlier chapters.  I recommend learning the simple techniques in Chapters 2 and 3 first.  In any case, […]

Window Silhouettes and Exposure Adjustments

A quick example of how a simple exposure adjustment can bring out (or blow out) the detail in a window shot. The image on the left is a longer exposure than the image on the right, allowing more light to build up on the sensor, in this case blowing out the detail in the windows. […]

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Off-Camera Flash Triggering

One of the things photographers often struggle with is the challenge of creating a reliable off-camera flash setup.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of off-camera flash photography versus using only a flash that is mounted to the hotshoe of your camera.  In this article, I’m going to briefly discuss […]

Kimberly Freeman of the band, One-Eyed Doll, "ghosted" in image taken at a house party.

Flash and Ambient Ghosting

  A discussion on mixing flash with ambient light came up on our Facebook group earlier today which included a question about how to prevent ghosting (where there appears to be a residual echo or shadow of the subject alongside the exposure created by the flash).  I thought I’d share some of my response here: […]

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Shutter Speed Affects Ambient Exposure

  A quick example showing how shutter speed affects ambient exposure.  Notice that in each shot, the only camera setting that changed was the shutter speed. The actual brightness of the lamp in the background was not adjusted between shots. The flash exposure remains the same.  The lamp appears brighter as the duration of the […]

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Photography Class: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

The Photography Class series covers the basics of photography.  This series is intended primarily for beginners and students. This is the fourth post in the series. With most cameras three fundamental components of exposure are Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.  These can be set and controlled by fully automatic, partially automatic, and fully manual operation […]

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Photography Class: Using A Light Meter

The Photography Class series covers the basics of photography.  This series is intended primarily for beginners and students. This is the third post in the series. Hand-held light meters are not relied on as much as they used to be. Digital photography and the LCD preview monitor on most cameras has made it easy to […]

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Photography Class: Lenses

The Photography Class series covers the basics of photography.  This series is intended primarily for beginners and students. This is the second post in the series. Different types of cameras make use of lenses designed for their specific lens mounts and formats.  Here, we’ll limit our discussion to the lenses most often used with DSLR […]