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Flash in the hand

One of the last disciplines that photographers learn to master is how to use a flash properly. Many don’t like how the effects of a flash looks in their photos and quickly give it up for natural lighting. Much of it has to do with how a flash is mounted on the camera. Accessory flashes, […]

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But I digress: Don’t try this at home

Photographer Peter Gregg has an insane little video of a modification to a Nikon SB-800 strobe. The flash head on a normal SB-800 will turn 90 degrees to the right and 180 degrees to the left, but it won’t do that Linda-Blair-360-degree-spin all the way around. Gregg gives a tutorial showing how to break modify […]

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Blast from the past: Getting by with a little help from my friends

West High’s Ian Lloyd tries to escape the grasp of Lodi High’s Jeff Gillingham during a varsity football game at the Grape Bowl in Lodi on October 28, 2005. (Camera: Nikon D2H. Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600) Shooting with flash during Friday night football is a double-edged sword. In the darker […]

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To flash, or not to flash

“Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment…”  – Joseph Addison Lincoln High’s Dewitt Stuckey tries to break free from Vintage High’s Levi Pruett (33), Trevor McLaughlin and Jake Lenning during a varsity football game at Lincoln in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor […]

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Light and shadows

“If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light” –  Pope John XXIII (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 30mm. Exposure: f/8.0 @ 1/15, ISO 200) On this portrait of Charr that I took at my home, I used my ebay transmitters with 2 nikon SB-80 strobes mounted on light stands. For […]

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Quick as a flash

I found a shot of a guy who has applied my mom’s philosophy of providing food for guests (too much is not enough) to his on-camera flash use. Maybe he’s compensating for some strobe envy. Why use a flash outdoors on a bright sunny day? Early morning or late afternoon light can be wonderful, coming […]

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Mini studio

To take this picture of the Canon PowerShot A460 camera that I talked about in the previous post, I made a makeshift mini light tent to illuminate it. The light tent, also called a light shed among other things, is used in small product photography. It can provide nearly shadowless light to illuminate whatever is […]

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Blue dot

Even though I’ve been a working photographer for over 23 years, I still can make some rookie mistakes. I was putting away my equipment as I was finishing up an assignment shooting a roller derby practice, when a flash I was using fired, at full-power, while I was looking right at it, at about a […]

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