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Speedlight TTL and TTL-BL - Distance and Subject Positioning
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Speedlight TTL and TTL-BL - Distance and Subject Positioning

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

So! You've read nearly as much theory as possible and seen some on hand workflows as to how one operates Flashes with their DSLRs. However, let's have a more practical study to see for certain how TTL and TTL-BL work with respect to the off-center subjects and distances that you use. All you Wedding Photographers out there, this is your article to read. Read more...

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works
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How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

How do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read more...

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS
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How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Trying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Read more...

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash
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Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

There are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more...

A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode
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A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power, so let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography! Read more...

So, What is Flash Value Lock?
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So, What is Flash Value Lock?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Flash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just Read more...

Nikon TTL-BL Flash
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Nikon TTL-BL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Ever wonder which Camera Mode is best to shoot fill flash? Is it P, or S? What about the coupling between the camera's metering system and the flash metering systems? Or what about the steps the camera and flash go through as you press the shutter? Find out all your answers in this weeks article here! Read more...

Nikon TTL Flash Metering System
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Nikon TTL Flash Metering System

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Did you know that the Nikon TTL Flash Metering System is not actively coupled to the Camera metering system? They use the same metering sensor in the camera, but act independently. Find out what else is important that isn't always documented, and learn the tricks of the trade! Read more...

Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems
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Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

In a series of articles - Nikon CLS Practical Guide, you'll have an in depth view of Separating Metering Systems, TTL Flash Metering System, TTL-BL Flash, and more. Learning to adjust different backgrounds at will, especially with Flash Photography can be complex. However, a few concepts, tips & tricks, and with plenty of practice, you'll be a pro in no time! Let's read the first, in multi-part installment. Read more...

Shooting at Twilight
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Shooting at Twilight

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Your eyes can still see perfectly, but your camera can't keep up with you. Shooting at twilight can be challenging, but if done properly, you will be rewarded with beautiful sky colors in the background. How to work with lighting to get the right exposure for your photographs? Read more...

Balancing Ambient Light with Flash
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Balancing Ambient Light with Flash

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I've got an understanding of apparent light size. I know what happens when I change the distance between my light source, my subject and my background. And I've moved through diffuse and direct reflections. Now it's time to get into some of the practical aspects of flash photography, and there's no place better to start than balancing ambient light with flash. Read more...

Specular Highlight Control
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Specular Highlight Control

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In my last post I started looking more closely at diffuse and direct reflections and how both reveal the form and surface texture of a subject in a photograph. Through my exercises, I was able to exert better control over the placement and look of direct reflections, or specular highlights, and now I want to apply that knowledge to a subject where this has a dramatic impact on the end result: metal. Read more...

Profoto RFi Review
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Profoto RFi Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Profoto has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers of lighting equipment. More than other manufacturers, they seem to fully understand that lighting gear needs to be functional and durable while also producing amazing light. Profoto is highly regarded in the photo industry because photographers know they can rely on Profoto gear to deliver the best equipment and the best quality of light day in and day out. Read more...

Neutral Density & Color Graduated Filters
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Neutral Density & Color Graduated Filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Quite often the correct exposure for a background in a scene is not the best one for the foreground or viceversa. The most common problem is that the bright sky is reproduced perfectly while the landscape is underexposed; in fact pitch black most of the times. These are the occasions where the color and neutral density (ND) graduated (grad) filters can make the difference between a bad image, a good image and a better one. Read more...

Reflections
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Reflections

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In my quest to better my own lighting techniques by going back and working through lessons in various books and on websites, I've looked at apparent light size and the inverse square law. Both of these topics and exercises gave me a better handle on the three aspects of light as it relates to a subject: the lit portion, the shadow portion and the transition areas that fall in between. Read more...

Lightsphere Flash Diffusers
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Lightsphere Flash Diffusers

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

We are often faced with complex lighting situations when we want to balance the light coming in from several sources into a scene and our subjects. Weddings and social events at noon time in large rooms, or churches, with large windows can become a nightmare with its mix of harsh light and strong shadows. After using for long a white card with a rubber, various solutions came to market and I have successively used most of them. Read more...

Control Over Your Lights With Distance
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Control Over Your Lights With Distance

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In my article on Apparent Light Size, we saw the differences in light produced by large and small light sources. I demonstrated this by starting with a flash in a small softbox set up very close to a small object, therefore making a large light source. I then moved the light farther and farther away, thereby simulating a smaller light source. Read more...

Apparently, size does matter...
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Apparently, size does matter...

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Despite what you may have heard, size matters. Of course, I'm talking about the size of your light source here, which is what you were thinking, right? Portrait photographers often use large modifiers -- think 50" softboxes, 43" umbrellas, etc. -- to soften the light hitting the subject. And that's what we want most of the time (film noir shooters excluded), nice soft light that transitions slowly from highlights to shadows. Read more...

Get Your Flash off Camera for Better Photos
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Get Your Flash off Camera for Better Photos

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If you've had your photo taken for your driver's license recently, or a mug shot, you've probably noticed the result wasn't the most flattering image you've seen of yourself. Why is that? Read more...

Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)
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Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)

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My first experiences with flash photography involved the on-board flash, me fumbling around with camera settings, and a subject that wound up looking like he, she or it had been nuked. I quickly learned that the pop-up flash is really only good for a few things: mug shots and drivers licenses. Read more...

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