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Last Wednesday, I ran a location nude lighting workshop just outside of Lancaster.  We worked with both the available light and flash, as well as the use of reflectors, flags, snoots, grids, gels, etc. in order to demonstrate many principles and techniques throughout the day.

During lunch, I was asked the question “What modifiers do you recommend?”, the answer to which led to a string of more questions on the same topic.  The answers I gave on the day seemed to [...]

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The beauty dish is a commonly used light modifier these days.  I don’t use it often myself (personal preference), but they are quite popular as, when used well, they can create a very pleasing look that no other light source can provide.

But, not all beauty dishes are created equally.  While all the different brands and sizes are fairly similar, and everybody has their favourite, they’re all a little bit different.  So, with that in mind, here are some that are [...]

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Categories : Do It Yourself / Featured / Flash
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The question I’m probably asked the most, at least 2 or 3 times a week, is what gear can I recommend to those just starting out with flash?, or to those just wanting to dabble a little with flash photography to see if they like it, and how to do so on a budget.

On the flash workshops I teach, this is also the one question that almost everybody wants the answer to.  People typically come to my flash workshops because [...]

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Categories : Featured / Flash / Gear Talk

In our last article, we discussed how to meter using your in-camera metering systems, the differences between the different modes and when some are more advantageous than others.  We also illustrated some of its advantages and disadvantages, and where it may possibly be able to get confused.

One of the things we really go into, that will almost certainly confuse your camera’s meter, is flash.  This is essentially because your camera’s meter is only looking at the ambient light in the [...]

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When we use our DSLR to view a scene, it does something called metering.  Put simply, this is a process where our camera measures the amount of light being reflected off a subject (or several subjects, or your entire scene), and feeds back an exposure value it feels will adequately expose the image.

Sorry, what?

To really make sense of what metering is, you need to understand firstly what the meter is trying to do with the readings it gets and then [...]

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