Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
On the first day we went through various techniques for getting the flash off the camera, learning how to operate in full manual mode and how to balance the ambient light with the flash to keep the sky in check and what not.
On our 2nd day we got more into using various diffusers on location. First heading to a local beach to practice in some windy conditions with our model before finally heading over to the popular shooting spot of Gala with our model to try and catch her with a nice sunset background.
Although we didn't get an epic sunset we did get some really nice light and all the students took turns trying out different diffusers like the Rogue flash benders and Lastolite Ezybox. We then also incorporated a second flash to separate our subject from the background with a rim light.
Here are a few more images from the workshop.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
I've been having fun making video reviews of gear that my sponsors have been sending out for me but I thought it would be good to share some of the questions online through video episodes rather than just answering the same questions several times in individual emails.
I'm still super new to the whole video editing thing and I haven't been in front of the camera for video that much since my younger years when I started out as an actor for various tv shows and stage performances. But I'm having fun and hope to help people with various photography questions they might have. I know for myself I love to watch these kinds of videos on Youtube and constantly listen to different shows like TWIP, FroKnowsPhoto and my good friend Martin Bailey of the Martin Bailey Photography podcast which is one of the longest running photography shows out there. Check them out on iTunes and Youtube for lots of inspiration and photography news and education.
For my first episode I thought I would answer a question on getting set up for off camera flash or "strobist" photography. I show you how to get set up with off camera flash for cheap! I think knowing how to get by in photography for "cheap" is a very important thing to know as it can be quite intimidating getting started out and not knowing where to begin.
So here's the question I was sent.
Hey Pete,Question for you, just checked out your review of the Rogue XL diffuser/softbox/strip box... It looks like a winner!My Background is Action Sports of which I have always shot with available light only, now I'm being asked to do engagements, wedding, family portraits, etc. These requests are coming from satisfied action sport customers, which is awesome, but I now need to invest in some lighting equipment etc. All I currently have is an Canon 430EXII.I've been researching lighting equipment like crazy and keep bouncing back and forth between a 2-3 strobe light setup(Einsteins 650's) or Canon Speedlights 580exii's or 600's. Either way I'm looking at big money, but want reliable equipment. Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like you go the minimalist route. For just getting started with shooting weddings what's your 2 cents????I had my budget at $1000 US Dollars, but now feel that It might need to be in upwards of $3000??Any help would be greatly appreciated,Todd
Here's the advice I had for Todd explaining how you can get set up with off camera flash even if you don't own a flash for as little as $200. Feel free to let me know what you think, things I need to improve on in my videos etc.. As Im just trying to learn so I can help others better.
You'll notice I'm almost in tears laughing from the start as Haruna had me cracking up just as I was starting the video.
Feel free to let me know what you think, things I need to improve on in my videos etc.. As Im just trying to learn so I can help others and make better videos. And if you have any photography questions for future episodes please leave them in the comments or email me! Thanks for watching.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
My good mate and awesome videographer Evan in China with one of only three Canon 5200mm f14 super super tele lenses.
It uses a mirror & lens combination. The front lens is massive.
Rear drop-in filters can be used.
•Focal Length: 5150mm
•Exposure Control: Light quantity is controlled with the use of built-in ND filters, corresponding to f/14, f/16, f/22, f/32
•Minimum Object Distance: 120 meters (Approx 393 feet!)
•Size: 500mm(wide) x 600mm(high) x 1890mm(deep) [20x24x75.6]
•Weight: 100kg (220 lbs) without stand.
From a Canon Flyer:
"This is the only ultra-telephoto lens in the world capable of taking photographs of objects 18 to 32 miles away (30km to 52kms away). Having a focal length of 5200mm, Canon Mirror Lens 5200mm can obtain one hundred times as large an object image as that of a 50mm lens."
"For focusing this mounted or fixed lens on an extremely distant object, two aiming telescopes are set on the side of the lens barrel, and the entire lens is placed on a rigid stand which rotates smoothly. Minimizing the overall length had been a big problem in designing this lens. However, the Catadioptric system that is applied to the other two Canon mirror lenses (Canon 800mm f3.8 & 2000mm f11) has succeeded in reducing it down to one third of the nominal focal length. In general focal length and optical aberration increase with each other, however, our long and persistent research and development have succeeded in solving this problem. Canon mirror lens 5200mm composed of spherical main and secondary mirrors and a correction lens would assure you of clear images."
Talk about one crazy bit of glass! Perhaps a nice present for that special photographer in your life for this Christmas? Happy Holidays everyone!
Monday, December 16, 2013
This recent shot of our model Yuki from the last Off Camera Flash workshop I taught with good friend Chris Willson was taken while I was demonstrating how to use flash with a Lastolite Ezybox held just out of frame by my assistant. The flash also had a 1/4 cut CTO gel on it to slightly warm up the light falling on Yuki.
You can see my other Flickr Explored shots at this link