I know I havn’t write for some time, I got A LOT of work on my hands (which is great) so I took a short break. I’m about to post some products reviews mainly on the new YN5600III (previewed here), I must say that its a really great bargain flash, so if you are starting to build your strobist kit, this 560III delivers!
However, just stumbled a very good looking site (that talks a lot about Wescot stuff, but…) its pretty new site, it will have a lot of great reviews and as far as I can guess there are going to be some nice strobist video tuts we all like to watch and get inspired by ,I know that I do (it pumps my hobby photography side).
They also say there are going to be some competitions around there. You might take a look at
Here is a video tut I found there:
Now there only thing I’m missing here is a good looking guy or girl and speed boat…`-)
This time I want to introduce you with a new photographer I got to know recently, His name is Dr. Tilo “Gallo” Gockel and he has a great site (here), one of the best sites I visited for a long time, its in German, but you can learn from the images, the type of work you just want to get out and shoot after you see how easy it is.We are going to cover at least three aspects/setups of his work, so lets start!
This image caught my eye as it is very clean and has the high key look that we are challenging on the January Photography Challenge and as I digged in a bit more, I realised that this setup is so easy and unique that I must go deeper check this folk. Here is his setup, we are going to analyze it a bit. Read more →
This time I want to share with you some tools you might haven’t know about,There are many cool online editor add-ons, the most popular platform for those is chrome who has google/android support, so there are tons of apps for your browser. Some of them are so good that you don’t have to download some hacked Photoshop versions, or work on an image only on your desktop, you can do most of the work on remote computers or with free online services.
Lets see what you can do , for free!
Browser photo editors add-ons:
Well those won’t make you uninstall your current PS version, but there are some cool image editors you can use for effects, editing and even more than that
Pixlr O Matic
is an Intgram ”like” software. apparently there is no shortage in those kind of image filter processing tools wherever you try to find one, you just need to find the right one for you .The fun thing with the Pixlr-O-Matic is that you upload an image, on the first step you can assign it with the “film effect” you like best, but then come the other features you can’t find in instegram (yet), you can add overlays, who are actually cool – bokeh tricks like you can find in DIYP bokeh kit , some paper scratches and so on. There are about 100 of those overlays for your fun.Third feature is adding borders to your image, you can choose out of hundreds…Do if you haven’t tries it before, it time you give it a try. Add it to you chrome here
While the O-Matic was more of an easy instgram enthusiastic browser add-on, the Pixlr Express will offer some more fun features. I can’t really decide how you can categorise it, but it can do all the O-Matic stuff+ adding what they call stickers. Stickers are what I call brushes are (in some way) in Photoshop. There are countless options for creativity and its fast and really fun.You can add
Stickers – Tons of brushes, doodles and logos to add some spice to your images.
Text – 100′s of fonts are waiting for you, just pick the right one and start designing your image signature, or just add some text to it.
Adjustments – All you need : starting from red-eye and teeth cleaning fixes and finishing with contrast and color corrections
I was looking for a long time for a free fast pop art effect creator, I was looking into many of those free online/browser creators, but this one was the first add-on I found that did this really nice and got the effect I was looking for.If you get it, you should first check those two:
Line art otppia.
It of course has many other features, you could check this here, but if you are looking for an arty addon, this one is my preferable by far!
Those are the most common add ons for Chrome browser ,if you are using other add ons, I’d like to get your recommendation and post ot here so other guys enjoy it,just post it here in the comments section.
TNX, don’t forget to share or mail this post with your friends!!!
Hi, I was looking through google images for some light modifiers while working on a project about generating light diagrams and stumbled upon a very nice website+blog by Rick Nunn . Well it all started when I surfed Rick’s site, it has a very cool layout and liked it a lot, every post has a lighting setup diagram and a nice equipment widget area, youl’d have to visit the site to check what I’m talking about.
So Rick loves to teach you some of his stuff and show you how things are done, and many times its pretty easy and strait forward.It picked two lighting setups tutorials that I loved best (although you’ll probably find other tuts helpful too `-) )
1.Two lights setup while having some available light:
Rick brakes the setup to three (actually four) main steps:
Metering the correct exposure to bring some light from behind.He went here to ISO200, f/2 and 1/80.I like the wide aperture Rick choose here, Would need to take a wide Aperture to bring enough light in and get a shallow DOP.
Adding the main lights, a 580EX into a Westcott Apollo. Adjusting the flash power and softbox distance for the desired effect.
I got an Email today from Photoflex that they launched a new site design. Why I’m sharing thi s info with you?
I must confes that back then (some 5-6-7 years ago) when you started to go online for some info about photography and flashes there weren’t to much info available , there was the Strobist who back then was really useful for strobists ,today its much more of a commercial magazine (I don’t blame David man has to make money and that’s fine with me I’d do so if I had the same opportunity ) and there was a site that I don’t remember its name something with 28 in the domain name and another site that had some lighting diagrams hand drawn on some yellow paper (I must see that site again so if you the site PLS post s comment bellow, I simply can’t find it).So back then there other site, really good and instructive site was Photoflex’s site. Besides of selling very popular lighting systems (modifiers and lights) they have a very good learning center. There are some lessons that comes for free, and most of the lessons a for paid subscribers, so I must say that when I was young `-) and there was no YouTube and no other resources I did a year full access membership and enjoyed it a lot!!!
So first of all go and visit the new site if you don’t know it yet, and if you are into really good pro lessons from pro photographer, step by step stuff, that’s your place!
PLS enjoy!!!I’d be really happy if someone will remind me of the yellow site…
If you haven’t seen that before , you’d probably like to watch and play with that tool for some time. This one can be a bit addictive… You can get the simulated result for pressing the shutter speed for almost any situation or available parameter on your camera, really nice and well designed flash application by camerasim. There are two more like those on their site, but this one looks the best, however they claim to do more of that type, so I’ll wait and see what they are going to lunch next.
Some time ago I stumbled on Jared Polin site also known as Fro Knows Photo, read like a million pages and watched a least ten videos (there are about 900 vids), well he has a lot to offer this guy!
I think that I got to this site after watching a you tube piece (the one at the bottom), and as you may think when I saw that he had this video with one of my favorite photographer Zack Arrias, I said to myself:” Moshe, this one you have to check!”.
And I did. You can go to Jared’s site and see his clean design, and lots of lots of tutorials and reviews for any level of photography (although a bit to many reviews, but some has to make some living… ).
So what you can get there? I’ll suggest you start with the beginners category (you’ll have to scroll down a little ). Then you might like the Quick Tip category where you’ll not just photography tips, but also post precessing (PS,LR and more) quick tips and more.
Why I picked this video?
Location – all you need is a wall and some room, like in every living room in any house.
Light&Setup – mostly easy two lights in this video. What most of the strobist guys have.
I found a very nice site about sexy ligerie photography tutorials, it is called smokingstrobes.com, site writer Michael Zelbel is kind of a master in using small flash units for those kind of photographs, probably the best sharing photographer in that area that I can recommend. In his site you’ll get lots, tons of info about lingerie photography in a funny and easy way, including videos, diagrams and examples
I want to inroduce you to two movies shared on his site and his YouTube channel:
First one is about photographing lingerie in your bedroom.
In this setup Michael uses only one flash and a Translucent Shoot Through White Umbrella. This setup is preaty easy and fast forward as you may see in the video bellow, Michael let you all the data to replicate this setup in your home or ourdoor shootout:
Camera settings: 50mm Lens, F/2.8, ISO 100, manual WB 10000k.
Shooting from above.
One flash light: 100cm Translucent Shoot Through White Umbrella and a 58GN speedlite (something like the Canon 580EX, YN560 or Nikon SB900) at 1/32 power open wide for 28mm.
Whenyou want to add some more lighting atmosphere to the setup, Michael added another flash to the models right setup for 1/32th power of a 43GN (like the Canon 430EXII or the popular YN460II). The flash shoot through a yellow colored bedside lighting lamp, if you don’t have one you can just use a sunny gel filter.
Second video is all about using a high key setup for shooting those sexy photographs.
Michael used here the corridor as the location for this high key setup, you can actually use any part of your house, as you only need the white surrounding for getting the high key effect. How this is made? simple!!!
Using 3 flashes as you need a big lighting source to paint the background with white light (used two of the here) and one flash to add the light into the model front.
Two Canon 580EX at 1/4th full power painting the background in white light zoomed wide open at 28mm.
One Canon 430EXII at 1/16th full power, zoomed at 80mm to create a good light directed to the model.
Camera: ISO 320, F/8 for a good depth , manual WB 5800K, about 2.6m from the model.
Remote control : Michael used here a sophisticated digital remote trigger , but when using manual modes for all flashes, I use normal budget triggers.
This is it, very simple, about 5 minutes videos to let you a good idea on how to shot lingerie setups!
I’ll be happy if your share that page in case you liked it.Any comments are welcomed!!!
Hey, I wanted to share with you a very talented photographer, Ben Sant, based in the USA.
Ben has on his blog some very useful behind the scene tutorials for portrait and fashion photography using small of camera flashes, like we all love to use.
I include here two of his videos, one covering some tips on one of his winter fashion shots. en has a very unique way to explain stuff and a fresh approach to photography, so I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this.
On the winter set he mainly uses only one flash, trigger and a 43 inch studio umbrella (and a boom stand), this type of studio equipment is very affordable and I’m pretty sure most of you reads own this combination.
This video covers two basic concepts:
1. Underexposing the background about 1 stop for getting black and contrasted shadows.It is very important to under expose the background when photographing snow. Snow is one of the trickiest modes the camera’s light meter can face , so Ben tips us to check the images histogram while shooting so we don’t over expose the snow.
2.Lighting up the model with the main flash. Ben uses a Nikon SB-800 and a 43inch fordable umbrella on a book lightstand pointing the model from above.
I really like Ben’s work and I’m pretty sure I’ll post about him in he future as he has another couple of great videos both outdoor location and indoor.
You can keep track with Ben’s work on his video channels and blog (I’m listed to all three!)