Archive for the ‘Shooting Tutorials’ Category

Single Point Autofocus

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 2

The Best Autofocus Techniques for General Shooting

This is yet another attempt at creating a useful tutorial on Autofocus. (more…)

One Light Promo Shot

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 0
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I had to make a quick promo shot in which I was one of the subjects, and also shoot simultaneously! Oh, and it had to be done right quick. See the video below for more:

I used one light at first, but then added a second light as rim to separate us from the very dark, as black, background. In order to actually be in the shot and also actually TAKE the shot, I used the Yongnuo 603 radio trigger system for Canon, which comes with a short cable that allowed me to trigger the shutter wirelessly. Pretty nifty!

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Macro Photography Part 2

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 0

After my last video on macro photography I went back and shot in my garden again, this time getting a larger Depth of Field at f/32! I was able to get much closer to what I wanted this time. In order to get enough light at f/32 and a reasonably fast shutter speed hand-held, I had to use an off-camera flash triggered via a radio trigger. The idea is to balance flash output with ambient exposure. Check out the video below:

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Macro Photography and Depth of Field

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 0

In this video I shoot flowers in my garden to help illustrate how important awareness of Depth of Field is in Macro Photography. Novice macro shooters invariably create images in which the depth of field is too narrow, which is easy to do given that a short focusing distance yields a narrow depth of field at any f-stop setting! The problem is that when you stop down the aperture you also drastically alter the exposure. This tutorial also includes a few Lightroom techniques, for those of you so inclined:

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Using Flash To Get Stop Action

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 0

Stopping Birds

I made this video to demonstrate the stopping power of speedlights. I used 3 speedlights so I wouldn’t need to use any one at full power. The flash duration is slowest at full power. I used speedlights by 3 different companies; Canon, LumoPro, and Yongnuo. There fall-off times varied slightly, but at 1/4 power on each, the duration for all 3 was slightly faster than 1/2000th. That’s fast enough to stop most movement, but the tiny birds visiting my bird feeder were unbelievably quick. I can’t say I got super-sharp freeze-frame, but I did get pretty darn close. Watch the video to see how I did it.

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