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A wedding photographer or portrait photographer who is able to whip out his speedlights or monolights and put them to good use when the going gets tough, will be way more confident than one who depends on natural daylight or available light for every shoot. Here are 3 advantages of a photographer with flash photography skills: Versatility Is Reliability The photographer who’s comfortable with flash photography is able to work in any lighting situation. We don’t always get served the best lighting at a wedding ceremony or reception. It’s crucial…

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The iPhone has a high quality camera that can help you take great photos. However, there are 5 ways to capture better photos using your iPhone. All you have to do is learn a few skills that will always come in handy. 1. Learn the settings on your phone The first thing you need to do is learn how your camera works. There are so many excellent features on your phone’s camera that are designed to aid you get good pictures. Some of these include: i. Grid: this is a…

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A wedding photographer or portrait photographer who is able to whip out his speedlights or monolights and put them to good use when the going gets tough, will be way more confident than one who depends on natural daylight or available light for every shoot. Here are 3 advantages of a photographer with flash photography skills: Versatility Is Reliability The photographer who’s comfortable with flash photography is able to work in any lighting situation. We don’t always get served the best lighting at a wedding ceremony or reception. It’s crucial…

Fresh from the oven, a hot tip on using your speedlights for portrait lighting. I’ve just posted this article on using off-camera flash techniques with speedlights on my SimpleSLR Photography Guides website. To sum up my article, I identified common misconceptions about using flash when in shooting in bright outdoor scenes, and using flash in dimly lit rooms where using just the window light would have created more drama. Read the article now. In case you missed it, I also wrote an earlier tutorial which shows you how to estimate…

Lighting a reflective surface can be tricky. If you are new to photography lighting, here is a tip to have better control of your light direction and get good results. A thought came to me as I was washing my daughter’s play mat with a garden hose. The water jet that comes out through the hose is very similar to the path of light from your speedlight or whatever light source you’re using. Imagine that you are the camera. If the water jet hits the mat perpendicularly at a perfectly…

This was taken from a series of portraits done recently. Both images below were shot with the couple standing in EXACTLY the same spot, using the setting sun as a light source. What I want to point out is the direction of the sun in each of the images. We can achieve side-lighting, back-lighting and three-quarter lighting without asking them to move from their spot. Image 1 was taken with the light source (the sun) at a 90 degree angle to the camera, resulting in a side lighting that highlights…

Should you use a softbox, or an umbrella? Even though they serve similar purposes, which is to provide a larger light source (thereby softer light), there are several key differences between a softbox and an umbrella. Softbox This is the ideal light shaping tool for portraits, because of its versatility in controlling light spill. If you are shooting inside a small room, a softbox enables you to control the spill of light. This means that the subject (the person or object you are photographing) is illuminated in soft light, while…

If you’ve bought a DSLR (digital SLR) hoping to take almost professional-looking pictures indoors, you’re halfway there. Just remember NOT to use the built-in flash that comes with your DSLR. You might have also heard that a speedlight (external flash unit) will improve your pictures dramatically. Again, you’re halfway there. The other half of the story is how you use these tools. They are not miracle machines, because you need to be able to use them correctly to get professional-looking results. Indoor flash techniques (Swivel) To start with, use a…

The iPhone has a high quality camera that can help you take great photos. However, there are 5 ways to capture better photos using your iPhone. All you have to do is learn a few skills that will always come in handy. 1. Learn the settings on your phone The first thing you need to do is learn how your camera works. There are so many excellent features on your phone’s camera that are designed to aid you get good pictures. Some of these include: i. Grid: this is a…

Multicultural weddings are common in Malaysia, where I live. In my experience of photographing many different types of wedding ceremonies, one of my favorite types of cultural wedding ceremonies are Hindu or Indian wedding ceremonies. Indian Wedding Ceremony Photography Tips Visit the venue beforehand to scout out good locations to position yourself in, evaluate lighting conditions and decide if additional lighting is required. The main ceremony at Hindu weddings typically take place at a manavarai or mandap, a four-pillared stage. Know the sequence of the wedding ceremony, so that you…

I know that the Nikon vs Canon debate has been going on for ages, and there will never be a definite answer to the question of which brand is better. Here’s my short answer: it depends on which one you started with. But that’s probably not what you wanted to hear. So here’s a more detailed analysis, focusing on usability and ergonomics. In my opinion, Nikon DSLR cameras have better ergonomics when it comes to changing camera settings on the fly, and easy access to important shooting functions. And even…

A panoramic photo actually mimics the field of vision of our human eyes. It usually manages to show more detail than a photo with a typical aspect ratio like 3:2 (from a DSLR) or 4:3 (from a compact digital camera). Perhaps that is why we usually take a longer look at panoramic pictures, or perhaps it just reminds us of a place we have been, or would like to visit. Before the age of digital photography, panoramic images were taken with a special film camera, like the Horseman SW617 which…

When taking a portrait photo, light ratios determine the look and mood of our portraits. A light ratio is the difference between the amount of light coming from one source, in relation to another light source. Usually in portrait photography, we work with two light sources, namely natural light and artificial light. Natural light comes from the sun, while artificial light can come from any other light source, eg. speedlights, studio strobes, street lamps, chandeliers, and so on. Note that the term ‘available light’ is commonly used to refer to…

Photographers would have come across this issue at one point in their shooting experience. When taking pictures of a bride and groom, sometimes one of them is not as sharp as the other. Unless your intention is to create a shot where for example the bride is sharp and the groom is considerably out-of-focus, you will very likely want both of them to be sharp. A slightly out-of-focus groom will appear like an error. Use a Smaller Aperture To the horror of those who love pictures with shallow depth-of-field, it…


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