Tagged: lighting

Should you do work for free? 8

Should you do work for free?

David Hobby (http://strobist.com) has posted a thought provoking article today about whether or not you should consider doing work for free. This isn’t to say you should go on Craigslist and post that you will perform wedding photography worth thousands of dollars to everyone that emails you.

Nikon announces D3X 4

Nikon announces D3X

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2008) — Nikon Inc. today announced the D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, which provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor. In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

Compact Flash Memory cards – is yours a fake? 11

Compact Flash Memory cards – is yours a fake?

I have been wanting to write this article for some time now… ever since I received a really bad fake SandDisk Ultra II Compact Flash card a few years back. After doing some research online, I found a few others that were getting the same crap cards from their online purchases.

Podcast #21 – Spicing up your images 5

Podcast #21 – Spicing up your images

Kerry and David talk about how to add some spice to your shots, some of the ideas covered include:

* shooting from different angles
* changing your depth of field
* dissect other people’s work
* Look at EXIF data on people’s images

Podcast #20 – Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 2.1, OnOne Software 4

Podcast #20 – Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 2.1, OnOne Software

Kerry and David discuss the new features of Adobe Photoshop CS4 and give their impressions of Lightroom 2.1.

Kerry talks about OnOne Software’s Photoframe 4.0 and FocalPoint 1.0.

Canon announces EOS 5D Mark II 9

Canon announces EOS 5D Mark II

Canon’s update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it’s better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction.

Using manual flashes with PC Sync 0

Using manual flashes with PC Sync

We have done a number of articles with different flash heads but we have never gone into the detail of how to set them up and make them work, this results in emails that we sit and explain all the details to people. So today I am going to go through how to setup these studio flashes and connect them to your camera to get the results you want.

Wolverine ESP Digital Photo Album and Multimedia Player 19

Wolverine ESP Digital Photo Album and Multimedia Player

I have been a fan of Wolverine products for almost four years now and my trusty Wolverine FlashPac was in need of an upgrade. Not that the FlashPac didn’t do it’s job, its just that it was pretty slow and didn’t have a display that could be used to view the images. Without hesitation I turned back to Wolverine to see what they had available and I found the new ESP Digital Photo Album and Multimedia Player.

Canon announces EOS 50D 6

Canon announces EOS 50D

As expected, the replacement for the EOS 40D has been announced just prior to Photokina. The new EOS 50D is the top end of the “prosumer” market and has a number on improvements over the 40D which is just about a year old. Let’s get right into it and see what this new camera is all about.

Photo Basics Strobelite Plus 3

Photo Basics Strobelite Plus

What’s better than a Photo Basics StrobeLite? A StrobeLite Plus of course! With more and more companies trying to attract the beginner to semi-pro market Westcott is pushing hard with the Photo Basics line to get good quality components into the marketplace. The difference with the Photo Basics line is that they are complete educational packages complete with floor mats to help with placement and instructional DVD’s.

Podcast #10 – Nikon News, Using a tripod, cheat sheet 6

Podcast #10 – Nikon News, Using a tripod, cheat sheet

This week Kerry and David discuss the new Nikon D700, the new Nikon Tilt-Shift Lenses, and the new Nikon SB-900 Flash.
Nikon Website: http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/index.htm

Are you too “Pro” to use a tripod? Think again as we discuss different tripods types and why you need to have a good tripod.

Photo Basics StrobeLite Review 16

Photo Basics StrobeLite Review

As excited as we are that major lighting companies are bringing out lines of affordable lighting systems, we are really impressed that some of these systems go beyond just being a light and are complete educational packages. Wescott’s line products that fall under the Photo Basics brand are a perfect example of this new product positioning.

Colorright White Balance Disc Review 6

Colorright White Balance Disc Review

We have talked white balance in the past and have reviewed different products that help you get a good white balance setting. A new product has hit the streets that does the same thing, and since the Dojo is all about helping you to improve your images and doing so at a decent price, we needed to take a look at the new Colorright disc. So let’s take a quick look at why we need white balance and if the Colorright disc is worth the cost.

Westcott Top 100 Endorsed Pros Contest 2

Westcott Top 100 Endorsed Pros Contest

Announcing a new program that will award 100 photographers worldwide a Westcott accreditation of being named Top 100 Westcott Endorsed Pros.

Be recognized as the professional that you are.

HonlPhoto Rosco Gel Kit Released 2

HonlPhoto Rosco Gel Kit Released

If you are into using gels or have wanted to experiment with it, one of the problems is finding good quality and affordable gel sets. While you can always try to get a free sample kit, the gels are small and have a hold in them. What would be almost perfect would be some pre-cut sheets with velcro straps attached.

Lumiquest FX Review 2

Lumiquest FX Review

I am a big fan of doing interesting lighting techniques and have been playing around with using gels to create colored background effects. While using small gels can work pretty good, I have been looking for something that works better, isn’t as fragile, and basically was designed for the purpose. What I found was the Lumiquest FX kit. The FX is a complete colored filter system designed specifically to create colored lighting effects.

The Three Properties of Light 3

The Three Properties of Light

Today is one of those days that I wanted to take a step back to some basics again. This time I want to talk about the three primary properties of light, and since what we are doing as photographers is recording light, it is important to know how these properties play into getting a good image. While I had studied this before, attending a recent seminar from Ed Pierce made me realize that many reader may never have seen these concepts before.

Ed Pierce – Captivated by the Light workshop 4

Ed Pierce – Captivated by the Light workshop

If you want to progress in your art you should really consider taking a workshop once in a while. Since I haven’t been able to attend one in a while I was thrilled that Ed Piece’s Captivated by the Light workshop was coming to my town. Be sure and check it out if it is coming to your area. Ed is a master of light and technique. He shows you have to light a subject properly for the most flattering angles.