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
Advancements in digital photography used to be measured by the megapixels that its sensor can capture for each image.
Thank goodness that race has ended at least in the DSLR market.
Now, it’s about how good the image looks at high ISO.
It’s not that I have an aversion to digital noise in an image.
I lived with digital noise for years when I worked in news because there are lots of instances when flash photography is not allowed yet I had to had to produce an image to illustrate what took place.
Two such instances that come to mind is in the courtroom and some athletic events like badminton tournaments.
These days the ISO setting on my Canon 5DMarkII is never set higher than 400.
Even though I know the camera handles low light very well, I prefer to ‘light’ my subjects if it’s a portrait for better control.
I find if I’m doing a portrait, I want to be in control of the lighting anyway except in the case of this Saturday at the close of the 2013 Lunar Festival in Riverside.. Continue reading Photographing fire dancers in low light
Self Portrait Tips
When my new Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and its companion ST-E3-RT transmitter arrived, I couldn’t find locate a model.
I’m not so fond of self-portraits for obvious reasons. Continue reading Two light setup for self-portrait
A portrait to match the holiday season is fairly easy if you have a flash you can fire off-camera.
But you’ll need a lens that has a wide aperture.
That is often called a fast lens because the wide opening or aperture allows you to shoot with a ‘fast’ shutter speed.
Then it’s a matter of finding a location where there are tiny twinkly lights like outdoors or even indoors next to a decorated Christmas tree.
The more colorful, the better.
Yes, you can shoot this with only available light too.
Just be warned you will most likely be shooting at high ISO using really long/low shutter speeds and may have strange white balance issues. Continue reading A portrait for the holiday season