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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Several people have asked me how to get a pure white background when shooting a product, say, for Etsy, or eBay, or any scenario where the product needs to be displayed against a pure white background. Right off the bat, there are MANY ways to do that, and to a large degree it depends on what gear you have at your disposal. I used 2 studio strobes in the movie below, but I’m pretty sure you can pull this off with a couple of speedlights as well.

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Setting Camera Exposure MANUALLY!

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 3

Control Your Camera…or It Will Control You

I made this video in order to help y’all get some insight into manual exposure. You don’t HAVE to do the math….as in figuring out your Shutter, Aperture, and ISO values based on stops. That’s what your METER is for! Check out the video below.

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Aperture Priority

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 0

Here is a video explaining Aperture Priority Mode. This too is geared towards beginners, but there’s actually a lot of info regarding Depth of Field, etc. Regardless, as always I hope it is useful!

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Shutter Priority

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 0

I created a video explaining Shutter Priority, using an example to demonstrate how and why you might want to shoot in Shutter Priority mode. This video is geared towards beginning shooters who want to gain more control over their camera. I hope y’all find this useful.

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