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Using your flash as a main light

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Using your flash as a main light

When you are using your flash as a main light, you have made some decisions. First off, the lighting conditions where you are taking your photo are less than ideal and you have to light with the flash, meaning you want the flash strength to overpower the existing natural light. This means that while you […]

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Using your flash as a fill light

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Using your flash as a fill light

Basically, all a fill light does is fill in the shadows of a subject, usually created by a directional main light. The easiest example to quote is that a person is standing outside with sunlight falling on one side of their face. The camera left side of their face is towards the light, the camera […]

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Freezing at the Falls

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Freezing at the Falls

I went to Niagara Falls last Saturday night. I thought that after seeing some amazing night photos of the falls lit up at night by a friend of mine, well, it was my turn to brave the cold and see what comes of it. So, Saturday night, with several layers on and heavy winter boots, […]

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Exposure made simple

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Exposure made simple

Today’s modern digital cameras have a built in exposure meter and are, for the most part, extremely accurate. Most have some sort of multi-segment or matrix metering that evaluates the scene and comes up with the best exposure for the scene. While they are really good these days, sometimes, you want a little more control […]

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Choosing your shutter speed

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Choosing your shutter speed

In the last article, Exposure Made Simple, we discovered a few very important things. First off, modern cameras have a built in method for measuring exposures that are pretty accurate. These built in light meters (check your camera’s manual for to find yours) need to have you input some information to help them work properly. […]

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Choosing your aperture

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Choosing your aperture

The next control to be considered in putting together a proper exposure is the size of the hole in the lens, channeling light through to the recording surface, otherwise known as the aperture. As you focus this hole in the lens is at it’s maximum so as you look through the camera you will be […]

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