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My first experience with macro photography

A couple of years ago somebody showed me some pictures of macro photography. They looked interesting, however, it did not resonate with me. Now, many years later, I read some booksand looked at videos on Youtube. It turns out that macro photography is a lot more than taking pictures of plants and insects and laying on the ground. So, there was a growing interest.After realising that my regular lenses would not suffice, I looked at possible cheap adjustments:- close-up filters are put on a regular... continue reading

Accent lighting in outdoor photography

In one of my past blogs I mentioned that I was experimenting with an off camera flash in nature detail images. I used a radio remote trigger to fire the flash from different angles off camera axis. The results have been interesting and I find myself shooting a lot of detail images on my hiking trips to improve on the technique. To achieve the results I have been looking for, I set my tripod mounted camera on automatic (not program) and mount a radio slave trigger to the hot shoe mount. I... continue reading

Product photography: my first experience

    As you can see, I have some experience with photoshoots with models, so I thought that product photography was easy.Last week my daughter asked me to take some pictures of crocheting she makes and sells via her Etsy webshop, DC crochet Design. She was facing some shortcomings of smartphones to do product photography. So, yesterday I grabbed my equipment and turned one of our bedrooms into a small photo studio. I have done something similar before so the first steps were easy.-... continue reading

Tripod or not? Learnt my lessons!

Basically I am not very fond of tripods. On rare occasions you need one and still you have to carry them around all the time. Another reason for not liking them is the lack of flexibility in positioning the camera (for example, horizontal or vertical, or the position I want to take). So, I never take a tripod with me.Coming back from Xi'an in China I noticed that in the hall of the Terracotta Army quite a few pictures had an ISO value of 6400 or close to it. And that the Shutter Speed I choose... continue reading

Freezing with flash

 How many people still think that to freeze movement is just a matter of shutter speedHowever, using the flash we can freeze a very fast movement with a relatively low shutter speed These photos were taken with a shutter speed of 350 fps and a power in the flash of 1.128, it is the lowest power that gives my flash and is at the same time the fastest flash of light that itcan emit, and that freezes the movement.  Don't forget that black and white photos are also attractive... continue reading

Manual flash photography

Manual flash photography is a must when you are indoors and shoot in poor light, I stand on a stool and shooting with a 105mm Sigma macro, this is one of my tests I have done with my new objectiv Sigma EX 105 / 2.8 DG OS HSM Macro. This lens is compatible with the Sigma 1.4 and 2x converters. The chef who cooks burgers on Romanian way, moving all the time so I take many pictures before I will be satisfied. Sigma 105 / 2.8 OS is a very sharp lens, and performs well already on the largest opening. It... continue reading

home flash studio

Hi FolksWith the weather is Scotland being dire for a couple of months now i have put together a small "table top" studio.I have never been into studio photography and it is something i have been meaning to get acquainted with for some time now.This little table studio i have set up is a fantastic way of getting familiar with studio lighting but at a very cheap price.    The basics of my studio is rather simple really, 3 YongNuo YN-560 III Flashgunsand a Yongnuo YN560-TX Wireless... continue reading

I Should Have Used A FLASH (Beatles Parody)

I Should Have Used A Flash(To the tune of I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles)Oh yeah I, take stock pictures,But they are all so dark,When I, take stock pictures,I should have used a FLASHI should have used a FLASHI should have used a FLASHOh please, pose for me,Wear this stylish sash.And don't, say to me,"You gonna use your flash?"I should have used a FLASHI should have used a FLASHAnd when My pics rejected I'm crying inside.It was rejected 'cuz I used,natural... continue reading

7 Tips for Taking Better Sports Action Shots

Mastering sports photography and action shots in general can be a frustrating task. With moving targets, sometimes less-than-ideal lighting conditions, and money shots that only last for a split second before they disappear, action photography is really challenging.Here are some pointers to help you master these shots! Know How to Use Your FlashGenerally, if you’re outside, using your flash will do nothing for you except kill your batteries. If you’re at a daylong event or even... continue reading

Getting Started with Strobe Lighting

Natural light.I often hear photographers say they ONLY work with natural or available light.To me, that means one of two things.They have either found a way to channel the creative genius of Ansel Adams – or they have yet to master the art of the strobe.   Flash or strobe lighting turns pictures into photographs.It allows you to control the impact of elements in a frame, to bring life to the eyes of a subject and to control the feeling and mood of the overall image.And it’... continue reading

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