Many thanks to Mark Efford from Lens and Shutter for his presentation on lighting for Portraits. It was great to see the lighting in action rather than on a Youtube video. Also thanks to our model Elizabeth (Lizzy) for being very patient with all the changes in light setups.
I thought I would provide some links to equipment and software that was used in the presentation. Also a reminder that, as Mark mentioned, you can do almost the same thing with a couple of Speedlights (flashes) and reflectors. You just don’t get quite the power out of them and can’t shoot as fast.
The reflectors and umbrellas are also available through them. Flash triggers like the Pocket Wizards he used are widely available and specific triggers for the Promaster lights are available from Lens and Shutter.
Software that we used to tether the Nikon D800 to the computer was Adobe Lightroom. It supports a long list of Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Check to see if your camera is supported.
If you have another brand of camera your manufacturer may supply software that allows you to tether to a computer as does my Olympus.
Snap of part of the setup
There are also some third party software packages that can help with tethering, some free and some at a reasonable price.
Do a Google search for Camera Tethering.
The only other things you need to tether are the USB cable that came with your camera and an Active USB cable if you are going to be more that a few feet from your laptop. There is a limit of 15 feet total for standard USB and it gets pretty iffy at that length. The Active cable uses power from the USB connection to power a small amplifier in the cable to boost the signal. The one we used at the workshop was a Certified Data Active USB Cable from London Drugs. https://www.londondrugs.com/certified-data-usb-3.0-extension-cable—5-meter—gusb3-a5m/L8340432.html
Once again our thanks to Mark from Lens and Shutter and our model Lizzy.
Here is a couple of versions of a “cheat sheet” that show the various items that make up Exposure in photography. There are several versions of this sheet on the web but I tried to get the largest sized images.
For this month’s photography tips, I have included below some recent new articles and videos.
Canon Warns Of Face 600EX-RT Flashes -Here Are The Tell Tale Signs – In addition to fake DSLRs and fake memory cards, there are also fake flash units in camera bags around the world. We first shared a look at this issue back in September 2013, but today Canon issued a new warning about counterfeit versions of the Speedlite 600EX-RT, which was introduced in 2012.
In a notice first published by The Digital Picture, Canon states that it has discovered the new fake flashes in circulation in the market and being sold through various online channels. – READ MORE
Photography Composition – Composition is the heart of the photo. Composition leads to the work of art that starts from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you disconnect with the interior struggles of everyday life and free the spirit to experience the world around you. Truly being in the moment and experiencing nature links you with everything around you.
It may sound like meditation, but awareness of your surroundings without interference of outside thoughts clears the mind and sharpens your senses. Images appear where you did not see them before. The elements begin to align and art emerges. – READ MORE
Photography Composition Tricks You Should Know – One of the key elements to shooting a great photo is photography composition. By using certain established composition tricks you can really make a huge impact on your photographs.
Composition in photography is really just that: composing your photos in a way that makes the best visual sense. – READ MORE
Crop Photos The Right Way: 5 Classic Mistakes And How To Avoid Them – Even when the shoot is over the image may still not be finished. Cropping can have a dramatic affect on the way we interpret and view pictures of the world around us.
It’s the first stage in image manipulation and begins with what you leave out of the shot when composing photos. In this section we’ll show you how to get the crop right both in-camera and back in the digital darkroom. – READ MORE
Tips For Getting Proper Exposure For Night Photography – Night photography can be much more rewarding than photography during the day. Because everything looks different at night, you don’t need to go somewhere exotic to get great pictures. Bridges, attractions, and buildings are usually brightly lit at night, and places that might seem rather pedestrian during the day – can make stellar photography subjects at night. Further, you can take your time when photographing at night, more so than during the day. There are generally less people out, and you don’t have to worry about the light changing.
The main challenge when photographing at night is getting a proper exposure. During the day, you can just walk around and hand hold your camera without worrying about camera shake. In addition, because of the amount of available light during the day, you don’t need to worry about shooting at a high ISO and the resulting digital noise. At night, however, hand holding is generally not an option and digital noise can be a major problem. – READ MORE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Black And White Photography Tips & Tricks – The beauty of black and white photography lies in the fact that these images are timeless and never seize to impress the beholder. Mentioned belwo are some tips and tricks that can be used for B&W photograph. –READ MORE
10 Tips Every Landscape Photographer Should Know And Use – As part of the launch sale of the popular new Landscape Photography Tutorial eBook we are focusing on landscape photography this month. Shooting amazing landscape photography isn’t just about going out into the wilderness with a camera and hoping for the best. Sure, sometimes you get lucky, but to make sure you’re going to capture incredible images, there are a few things you should take into consideration before snapping the shutter. Check out landscape photographer Serge Ramelli‘s top 10 landscape photo tips: – READ MORE
Macro Photography Tips – Video Tutorial – This time of year is a great time to get out and find some macro photography subjects. So I dug around and found a few videos to help get you started if you want to try it. – READ MORE AND VIEW VIDEOS
6 Reasons To Become A Nature Photographer – For landscape photography, the weather is never exactly the same – clouds make unique formations, and the way sun rays cast over the scene in front of you are always very special.
If you take photos of wildlife, then you will be forever capturing moments that will never be repeated. Take the example of two birds fighting on a branch: you will never get a photo of the exact same birds, with the exact same body and wing positions, in exactly the same backdrop. You have an opportunity to record something truly unique. – READ MORE
The 4 Ps – Tips For Improving Your Wildlife Photography – Taking photographs of wildlife can be one of the most exhilarating photographic experiences you can try. Spotting an animal in the wild can be thrilling, and being able to record that moment can be highly rewarding. However, wild animals can be a particularly challenging subject matter, so wildlife photography can often prove frustrating.
To help you get the most out of this compelling type of images, here are some tips to improve your wildlife photography. – READ MORE
7 Essential Zoo Photography Tips – A long zoom lens will be handy as you’ll be able to get close to the animals without having to climb into the enclosures. Something around the 70-300mm mark or bigger would be good. Also, consider taking a macro lens along as most zoos have enclosures where you can get close to insects.
A camera with a tilting LCD screen is perfect for zoo photography and you could take a monopod along to raise your camera up above the fences but leave your tripod at home as they don’t mix well with crowds. – READ MORE
Eagles/Birds In Flight: How To, Tips – Tons of people have asked how I am getting the high quality Eagle Photos, so I will focus this post on giving out all most of my secrets!
To get shots like this, lets walk through the steps. – READ MORE
Setting Exposure For Bald Eagle Photography – Harsha asked me to provide a short Blog on how I set up exposure for photographing Bald Eagles at Lock and Dam 14. This is not an easy endeavor to undertake. The migratory eagles are at Lock and Dam 14 from December through February. The skies are usually over-cast 90% of the time. Under these circumstances, selecting the correct exposure to photograph eagles in flight is a challenge because they have very white heads and tails with extremely dark bodies and little light to work with. – READ MORE
Waterfall Photography Tips And Techniques – Waterfalls seem to grab the hearts and minds of people. Go to any location that has one or more waterfalls and it is pretty much a guarantee that they will be a major attraction, if not the main attraction, of the area. However, as beautiful as waterfalls are, it is not so easy to capture that beauty with a camera. It is easy to produce pictures of waterfalls; it is not so easy to produce powerful images. – READ MORE
10 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone – There’s a large contingent of photo enthusiasts online who will dismiss a photo straight away if they find out it was taken with a smartphone. The rally cry of “get a real camera” can be heard echoing through the rafters of comment sections for many websites. We think everyone should have a dedicated camera, but a good photo is a good photo, regardless of the gear used to take it. Camera phones have some inherent strengths and weaknesses, and by emphasizing the good and downplaying the bad, you can take silence naysayers before they can get to the enter key. Here are some things to keep in mind when firing up the photo app on your iPhone, Droid, Lumia or whatever. – READ MORE
Street Photograph Focus Tips – Because you’re often working quickly and stealthily, the matter of focusing while doing street photography is important. Here are some tips. – READ MORE
7 Tips To Make Your Street Photography Easier – It is no surprise to say that street photography can be challenging, at times, and even more challenging in certain countries due to differing customs and laws. But that doesn’t mean that street photography is impossible, nor that you can’t make it easier to practice. Photographers should work hard to overcome the difficulties facing them when doing street photography. In this article I’ve shared some tips that any photographer will find helpful.
Clearly, you need to be quite close to your subjects to capture nice images, but 99% of the time, your subject doesn’t have a single clue about your identity or the reason why you are photographing them. This can lead to uncomfortable situations, which can often escalate into bigger problems involving the law. With this in mind, take the following reminders to heart. – READ MORE