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It's all just a façade

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It's all just a façade "Okay, so it's a building's façade. What about it?" I can see how one may react this way, but on the contrary, it was a rather challenging image to make. Where would be the fun in this if it was just a click away? Let me show you what it looke [...]

Untethered Tethering with the CamRanger

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Untethered Tethering with the CamRanger You may recall a previous post in which I talked about a solution for light-weight tethering using a tablet as an external monitor. It works very well, because it is quick to setup and carry around. But as good as it is, there still needs to be a cable [...]

What's [now going to always be] in my Camera Bag?

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What's [now going to always be] in my Camera Bag? When shooting architecture, getting the proper angle sometimes requires your camera to be placed in difficult positions. I'm not talking about standing outside in the cold at the crack of dawn on top of a step ladder—that's just part of the fun! I mean wh [...]

Tidy and Effortless Redundancy

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Tidy and Effortless Redundancy The importance of backing up your data is one of those things you often learn the hard way, once it's too late. But enough about that: I don't want to bore you with another treatise on the why , which you should already be familiar with, but rather [...]

How much do you charge?

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How much do you charge? Working with Speedlites (small, portable flash units), I use quite a few AA batteries. But I don't work with these units quite as frequently as I used to since I have gradually been embracing studio monolights (when weight/size is not an issue). [...]

Like a Ton of Bricks

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Like a Ton of Bricks There's a lot of talk about whether things should be done "in camera" or "in post-production", and photographers often find pride in the idea of nailing a shot at capture time, requiring as little post-production as possible. "We'll just fix it in Photos [...]

Suggesting Light

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Suggesting Light I love it when portraits have a warm/cold duality in the light, but it's tricky to find a location where the lights are naturally balanced and positioned to create this look. Easier is to find (or set up) a location where a warm ambient light (a lamp [...]

Tether on the Move

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Tether on the Move Sure, the more recent LCD screens on the back of our cameras do a fairly good job at helping us estimate focus accuracy, and the histogram gives us a decent idea of our exposure. But as good as they have become, they cannot compare to looking at images up [...]

A Hack to Shoot Vertically with the ABR800 Ringflash

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A Hack to Shoot Vertically with the ABR800 Ringflash You might recall a previous post in which I discussed (what I considered) design flaws of the Paul C. Buff ABR800 Ringflash. Perhaps the biggest problem, for me, was the inability to easily shoot with the camera in vertical orientation. I have since dec [...]

Saving Images for the Web

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Saving Images for the Web When exporting images for the web, resizing them down and saving them as JPEG one by one isn't a proper approach—it's tedious, and incomplete. There are a number of additional steps that are important to take into consideration. Sharpening Every i [...]

Umbrella Bracket Woes

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Umbrella Bracket Woes If you've ever shot with off-camera flash guns, chances are you've used one of those brackets: They allow to mount a flash gun (with or without accessories), angle it at will, and attach an umbrella if necessary as well. To top it off, they are [...]

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