I am a huge fan of my Westcott Spiderlite TD-5 studio lights with their nice soft output, low energy use, and cool operation. While they have always been great for product photography I never really liked using them for portraits because they just didn’t put out enough light. Westcott has released some new high wattage bulbs for the TD-5’s to address the needs of these types of situations.
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Kerry and David talk to John Mireles from Photographer’s Toolkit fame to discuss using contracts in your photography business. during the talk we cover what elements make up a good contract, how to present a contract to clients, and why you need to have a solid contract.
South Burlington, VT â€” Through-the-shoe communications allow PocketWizard radios, with version 4.250 ControlTL firmware, to significantly boost the performance of the High Speed Sync (HSS) feature of Canon Speedlite flashes. This means more light (which equals greater working distance), faster recycling times and more flashes per battery set when shooting in Canon’s HSS/FP Flash mode.
I am always looking for the next great camera bag, especially something that offers convenience, comfort, and functionality so I was very interested in the new Pampas sling-style backpack from Vanguard.
At first look, the sling style would allow you to rotate the back to your front to have access your gear and then fling it back over your shoulder where it acts like a normal backpack.
This week Kerry and David talk to the Orange County Photography team of Jeff and Dana Sipper of Sipper Photography. The main focus of the conversation is a followup to last week’s brief answer to how to work with groups and families to get groups of people to look their best.
Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports the AF assist beam feature of the new flash, Speedlite 270 EX, which is scheduled to be released in April 2009.
2. Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera.
3. Addresses the vertical banding noise phenomenon.
Continue reading for more info.
Kerry and David answer letters from listeners. We tried to answer a question about the gear we take to weddings, but need to do a post about that, its just too long to talk about on the show. Then we talked about organizing files in Lightroom and how we each do it differently. Next we discussed posing people, especially in larger groups and how to make sure they aren’t blinking. Finally we talked about dealing with clients and if you should every turn down work or “fire” a client.
We are very excited to announce the release of our new preset pack for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom called Dojo Monochrome Tools. This new set is designed to cover most of your B&W and Monochrome needs. With 27 different presets to choose from, you are sure to find one that you really like. Several of them are based on the Black and White filters available on Photoshop CS4.
Candice Cunningham is a wedding photographer from Ventura California (near Los Angeles) who has been perfecting her craft for the past seven years and managed to do FIFTY weddings last year. With this much experience under her belt, Candice talks to use about gettnig ready, dealing with clients, thank you cards, and much more.
While this show is pretty “wedding photography” heavy, the contents such as dealing with customers and doing things to make them feel special apply to virtually any aspect of photography.
We have looked at different types and styles of camera bags but the Vanguard 53 isnâ€™t your normal camera bag. The Supreme 53 is a hard-sided case more at home in the cargo compartment of an airplane than it is being used as a daily equipment hauler. While other companies selling hard cases have been around for many years, Vanguard has a lot to live up to. Letâ€™s take a look at at the Supreme 53 and see if Vanguard has succeeded in building a better mouse trap.
Are you a total Apple Aperture N00b like David and I are? If so, then you may want to listen to this podcast featuring our good friend Sara France. Sara is very well known for her Apple Aperture skills and she walks us through some of the basics of getting started with using Aperture and how to use some of the very cool features like Smart Albums and the Book designer.
We really apologize for running late but things did not go as planned. But the good news is that we are finally announcing our last couple of contest winners!
Pictage Contest – The winner of our Pictage contest, winning a 12 month membership to Pictage Pro (worth $1200!!) is Cynthia Burtch. Congratulations!
Lightroom Contest – Our winner of a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is Michael Dalvald.
Just a quick note to everyone letting you know we are running late getting this week’s podcast up. We had a few scheduling issues with potential guests and then I had to go out of town for a few days. We will have a new podcast up in a few days announcing the winners of recent contests. Stay tuned!
I have seen grown men shiver and quake in the shoes at the thought of cleaning the sensor on their DSLR by themselves. The sheer anxiety of sticking something into your expensive camera body has left many people with the only option for dust removal being a stop at a camera shop or repair center for a cleaning. In this article we will look at how to clean your camera’s sensor the safe and easy way and dispel some myths around the black art of sensor cleaning.
Canon’s new EOS Rebel T1i is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 15.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating, and compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites, the EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080.
Kerry talks to Jim Divitale about using speciality lenses like the Lensbaby Composer in commercial shoots. Jim talks about how to tell clients about the effects, how to prepare for a shoot, and the comparision between the effect of of a Lensbaby versus a Tlt-Shift and 4×5 View camera.
Studio strobes are expensive and when you need lots of light but when you want to use them on location somewhere you have to find electrical outlets and possibly use long unwieldy extensions cords. But what happens when there is no power available at all? Using a generator is not recommended unless you can find one with a true sine wave inverter and even then, the peak times of the strobes when recycling can put an excessive strain on the generator. Innovatronix has a solution with their Explorer XT portable power source.