Archive for Flash photography

Ed Verosky’s Awesome Portrait eBooks

Posted in Art of Photography, Books about Photography, eBooks, Instruction, Marketing, Techniques with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Darwin

For those who have followed my blog for sometime know that I am a fan of Ed Verosky’s awesome eBook called 100% Reliable Flash Photography: How to Get Amazing Light in any Situation. I used what I learned in this eBook to start using flash for some outdoor portrait work (some of tha work was done for Gaia Nudes). I highly recommend this book if you want to learn how to use your camera flash better.

Now that spring is coming I am planning to do more outdoor portrait work because this genre of photography is something I have spent little time pursing. I thought I had better get a few hints to kick start my shooting in a directed manner so I downloaded Ed’s two books on portraiture and was thoroughly impressed. There are a lot of great tips that’ll help me hone my portraiture in a short period of time. If you are at all interested in portrait shooting check out these two eBooks by Ed.

I am not interested in Boudoir Photography but it can be a lucrative venture if done tastefully and for discerning clients. If you are looking for a way to add boudoir to your repertoire then these two eBooks offer all the advice and tips you need.

Disclaimer: I have signed up for the affiliate program for Ed’s eBooks. This means if you buy one of these eBooks, then I get a percentage of the sale. I only link to eBooks that I myself have purchased and found helpful. If I think an eBook is not worth the price nor the time to look at, then I will not become an affiliate nor recommend the book. So if you think you might be interested in the topics of these eBooks then buying here will help support my quest for beer and pizza and hopefully steer you towards good products!

Goodies to Check Out

Posted in Articles about Photography, Artistic Development, Inspirations, Instruction, Photography Gear, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by Darwin

Here are a few interesting goodies to check out for your Christmas shopping list:

Stuck in Customs 100 Cameras in One iPhone app — very cool, very funky!

Ray Ringflash Adapter — if you thought the Many Faces of Samantha produced cool portraits, then this is the tool you need.

F-Stop Photo Bags — I have been testing out these bags and loved them so much I plan to be a sponsored photographer for 2011.

Outdoor Photography Canada — the best photo magazine in Canada.

Singh-Ray Filters — who says filters are dead in the digital era. Get effects you can’t get in software especially with the Vari-ND series of filters. If you don’t want to buy a Vari-ND filter go over to Visual Wilderness to win one! Maybe even pick up Sam and my eBook on Essential Filters for Digital Nature Photography while at Visual Wilderness.

High Speed Flash for Nature Photography – short duration, and high output flashes for special stop-motion photography.

Lens Rental Canada – I have heard great things about this company from numerous photographer who have used the service. Want to try a 300 f2.8? Go here!

The Photographer’s Ephemeris – a must have desktop or mobile app forgetting in the right place at the right time no matter where you live. Find out sunrise/sunset times and moonrise and moon-set times.

Camera Lens Coffee Mug – Cause you can’t flaunt your Canon or Nikon gear enough!

©Darwin Wiggett

30% Discount on Ed Verosky eBooks

Posted in Techniques with tags , , on December 12, 2010 by Darwin

If anyone is interested in getting one of Ed Verosky’s instructional eBooks on flash, portraiture, or boudoir photography he is offering his books at 30% off for a limited time. Just use this code on check out – N5H74. I am a big fan of his 100% Reliable Flash Photography eBook.

Click here to visit Verosky Photography.

©Darwin Wiggett

The Daily Snap – July 27

Posted in Photography Gear, Techniques, The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

I have been experimenting a bit with flash lately and I have been trying some set-ups that I learned in Ed Verosky’s wonderful  e-Book on flash photography (Click here to order Ed’s Flash e-Book)

One of the things I learned from Ed was that I needed a larger soft box to get more flattering light on my subjects so I bought a Cameron Octobox StobeEZ Kit (which I got yesterday from the Camera Store in Calgary). The kit comes with a stand, an octagon softbox and a clamp to attach a dSLR flash.  I mounted my Canon 580EZ onto a Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 Radio Slave which I mounted onto to the light stand. I put another Pocket Wizard onto the hot shoe of my Canon G11. One wizard sends a signal from the camera to the flash so that the flash fires when the shutter is open. I used the flip screen on the G11 pointed towards me as I took this self-portrait with the 10 second camera delay. I am planning to do some fill flash work with bright backgrounds and a  shaded subject. this is my first test of this set-up in my living room and the lighting looked pretty good (even if the model left much to be desired!). Here is what the shot looked like without the flash… the model looks better but the lighting is not great.The great thing about the G11 point-n-shoot is you can use complex flash set-ups with the camera if you want.

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11, no flash

100% Reliable Flash Photography

Posted in Books about Photography, Photography Gear, Techniques with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by Darwin

Back in the ‘bad old days’ when I was shooting seriously for stock agencies  I had to learn to master flash photography not only for studio shots but also for outdoor and location portraiture. I learned the art of flash photography by reading books and mostly by practice, practice, practice… and then more practice (did I say I had to practice a lot?). I sure could have used a good resource that simplified the complex technical aspects of flash photography — if only to save processing costs on hundreds of rolls of film!

Fast forward to today and you can find all sorts of resources on the web about flash photography and specifically how to use your Nikon or Canon flashes to create professionally lit portraits anywhere. The problem is that I have not found one resource that covers everything you need to know from lighting theory to practical lighting set-ups in an easy to understand matter, until now. I really like Ed Verosky’s new e-Book 100% Reliable Flash Photography – How to Get Amazing Light in Any Situation. I especially appreciated Ed’s Standardization Principle where you get proven formulas to get results in any lighting situation. If you need to use flash in your photography (editorial, portrait, wedding, or  sports photography) then I suggest you pick up Ed’s e-Book ($9.95) . I am now using some of his 15 proven lighting techniques to help me get back up to speed with flash photography – even old dogs can learn new tricks!

Click here to order Ed’s Flash e-Book

©Darwin Wiggett - off camera fill flash

The Daily Snap – June 6

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

I snapped this shot during a snow storm. You can see the flakes of snow falling in the background. One of my favorite techniques for shooting road signs with the G11 is to put the exposure compensation on the camera to -2/3rds EV so the overall exposure is a bit dark. Then I use the in-camera flash on the G11 set at – 1 EV to light the sign (signs are highly reflective so -1 EV is plenty of flash power to light the sign brightly). This combination of dark ambient exposure and fill lit on the sign gives a nice rich moody images. I used the exact same technique on the second shot below.

©Darwin Wiggett

I notice I am not the only one fascinated by signs – check out Peter Carroll’s recent blog entry. And Sam loves signs too!

The Daily Snap – June 1

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

No it is not Halloween. This was taken during my outing with the Edson Camera Club. We were playing with long exposures at dusk and ‘pop and drag’ flash. Here we had Sean, the president of the club, lay by a headstone and we ‘popped’ him with flash during the 5 second exposure. As soon as the flash popped, Sean ‘dragged’ himself up and out of the frame so the grasses beneath him would be exposed by the ambient light. The result is a ghosted image. Lots of fun!

Bat Photography Workshop

Posted in Controversy, Ethics, Photography Gear, Techniques, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , on May 25, 2010 by Darwin

Scott Linstead, one of Outdoor Photography Canada’s columnists, has a unique Bat and Owl Photography workshop coming up in shortly (June 3rd – 9th, 2010). If you want to get unique photo like the one below then this might be the workshop for you.

©Scott Linstead

Be aware that there is some controversy in using flash in wildlife photography, there are those who are pro flash and those who are against it. So… I suggest researching things a bit to see if flash photography of nocturnal birds and mammals is something you want to participate in.

Here is Scott’s take:

1) For aesthetic purposes as well as ethical concerns, the flashes that I use for bats and owls at night are never pointing in the line of site of the subject — they are always lit from the sides, above and from behind.  This makes a huge difference from an intuitive POV, since we all know how different the experience of looking right at a flash versus looking away from the flash (or simply the experience of driving at night).  Subjects lit head-on also look quite flat and shadowless.

2) I have never experienced a bat or owl being killed, injured or even disoriented by flash.  (BTW, bats do use their site in addition to echolocation in order to navigate)  I know of screech owl that have flown through night time flash set-ups literally thousands of times and returned the following season to once again participate in the photography.

The Daily Snap – May 6

Posted in Techniques, The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett - Canon G11

So what do I shoot when I go the mountains – while signs of course! I am loving the little flash on the G11 to pop some light into backlit subjects. I find that using about -1 stop of exposure compensation on the falsh gives just the right amount of fill light for near subjects. So if you see some tool-head with his camera photographing signs in the Rockies, you’ll know who it is! Say hi as you drive by.