Posts Tagged ‘flash’

What Photographers are NOT Considering When Using High ISO

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What is it about this picture that ‘was’ considered along with high ISO?

It’s no secret now that modern cameras have taken photographers to new heights with their ability to shoot at and above ISO 1600. Personally, I can now shoot in situations where previously, I ‘had no choice’ but to use flash or put the camera down, so it’s no surprise many photographers are taking advantage of high ISO to be able to shoot in poor existing light.

The key word here is ‘poor’, so I’ll elaborate. The rule of light is that when a light source is large and close, it is at its softest, but when a subject becomes further away from a light source, the quality of that light deteriorates at a fast pace. So much that it gets to a point where the light ends up looking muddy and horrible, because the contrast ratio of light on the subject compared to the background is almost non-existent. Read more…

6 Flash Alternatives Beginners Should Always Keep in Mind

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That pop-up flash on top of your camera can come in very handy, but if you’re a beginner, try giving these alternatives a shot to produce more creative, atmospheric images. Read more…

Google Now Passive-Aggressively Calls Out Flash Websites & Portfolios in Search Results

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Just a few years ago, Flash websites were all the rage. Now, Flash is a dying technology due to its inefficiency across the board. But, despite being less relevant than ever and incompatible amongst a plethora of devices and platforms, some photographers still insist on having a flash website to show off their work.

Thus, in an effort to ensure that the use of outdated technologies is diminished, Google is now passive-aggressively calling out Flash websites before visitors even click on the link.

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Super Simple and Cheap DIY Ring Light for Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

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One of the most sought after lighting accessories is a ring light. Meant to create a unique aesthetic, a ring light is a great way to add a sharp, but direct light source to any image. The problem is, ring lights don’t come cheap, and are rarely meant for smaller cameras.

Thankfully, there’s now a DIY solution for you hands-on types. Thanks to Instructables user alpacalypse, you now have a step-by-step guide to creating a ring light for your typical point-and-shoot camera. Read more…

6 Clever Ways to Get Better Lighting from Your Camera’s Pop-Up Flash

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Most entry- and enthusiast-level cameras come with a pop-up flash, which though not especially powerful, can come in very handy. In this tutorial we’ll show you six built-in flash techniques than can help you get the better results from this often overlooked and somewhat maligned feature. Read more…

Back to Basics: Flash Photography Tips for Beginners

Sprinkled in-between the more advanced lighting, photography and post-processing tutorials that we feature on the site, we’ve been trying to add in the occasional basic tutorial or walkthrough for the beginning photographer. Not everybody who reads PetaPixel is a pro- or even an intermediate-level photographer, and we all have to start somewhere.

The video above falls squarely into the “for beginners” category (in case the title didn’t clue you in), and even though it was uploaded all the way back in 2010, it will still come in very useful if you’re just starting out. Read more…

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Helpful Tutorial Breaks Down The Basics of Understanding Flash Sync Speeds

When you’re first starting to experiment with using strobes, it’s easy to get confused by all the talk of flash durations, flash sync speeds, and the other technical aspects of lighting up a scene. Heck, it wasn’t until two years into my photography career that I understood how it all worked.

But, with this very helpful video put together by photographer Karl Taylor under your belt, you’ll be well on your way to knowing how it all works in just 13 minutes time. Read more…

Cactus V6 Trigger is Capable of Being Used with Almost Any Flash System

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Looking to change up the wireless flash trigger game, Cactus has announced its new V6, the world’s first wireless flash trigger that works on any camera with a standard hot shoe or PC Sync port. It can control Canon, Nikon, and Pentax systems all at the same time.
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The FlashQ System Shrinks Wireless Flash Triggering Tech for Mirrorless Cameras

When it comes to choosing wireless flash trigger systems, there’s no shortage of options. From PocketWizards to cheap, $20 systems on Amazon and Ebay, there seems to be one for each and every situation and price point. However, despite all of the options, there is one thing that every single one of them has in common: they’re all pretty big.

Of course, when shooting in a studio with a DSLR a PocketWizard doesn’t seem that beastly. But when you’re wanting to trigger a flash with a small mirrorless camera or compact camera, none of the options out there right now will allow you to do so without making your camera look like the attachment rather than the trigger. That’s where FlashQ comes in. Read more…

DigitalRev Speed Shooter: How to Capture High-Speed Photos of Fire and Water

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About a month ago, the folks at DigitalRev TV launched a new series called “Speed Shooter” in which they show you how to take great high-speed shots of various subjects. We didn’t get a chance to cover the first episode when it first came out, and so now that episode two has debuted we thought we’d put them together in one.

Lucky for us, the first two episodes juxtapose well. In the first, Kai will show you how to shoot fire balls, and in the second the subject is water. Read more…