I’m always on the lookout for ways to get the most bang for the buck since many of my students are on a very tight budget.
I’m always helping them figure out ways to get a photo shot without buying unnecessary equipment.
Whether it is recommending they buy a bulk film loader and loading their own film, using a car’s sun shield as a reflector, or making their own beauty dish, I’m emphasizing this: the more they’re out there shooting, the faster they’ll progress and improve.
Figuring out workarounds is problem solving.
A good part of photography is just that, once you get past the basics of depth-of-field, exposure and basic lighting.
Nikon, Canon and other Speedlights or flash units are fancy and chockful of bells and whistles but they cost a lot.
That’s why I’ve been telling my students about Yongnuo. Continue reading Bargain flash Yongnuo YN-568
High shutter speed sync is the mode that many photographers using Speedlites rave about but in practice its applications even with the latest greatest Canon bodies is limited.
It’s a very pricey feature because you have to buy the top-of-the-line Speedlite. Continue reading Canon 600EX-RT with Canon 40D & Canon 5DMark2
Happy New Year everyone.
I started the new year with a new addition to my lighting toolkit–the next generation radio controlled Canon Speedlite–the 600EX-RT and its companion transmitter ST-E3-RT.
The price tag is pretty hefty, $890, the 600 EX-RT costing $570 and the ST-E3-RT $320.
Compare that to the price of a top-of-the-line Radio Popper radio slaved Speedlite $879 or mid-range radio slave Cybersync radio slaves—$655
Interestingly before Canon’s new Speedlite 600Ex-RT hit the markets, Radio Poppers kits of transmitter and receiver were priced at $250 a piece! Continue reading Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is worth the price
Buying gifts for a photographer is no easy task, just ask my family or rather my wife.
Our toys tend to be very specific, expensive and downright confusing even for fellow photographers, that’s why.
So start with a budget. Let’s say you have $100 to blow, then you might dig around their camera bag or ask them what software they use.
The problem with software is you need to know something about the computer they use, and their minimum specs.
Generally speaking I would stay away from software or plug-ins or filters for their software because that can be a very personal choice.
Continue reading Gifts Ideas for photographers