Monday, April 17, 2017

5 Types of Outdoor Portrait Lighting

Also in this issue:
  • What's wrong with the Industry
  • 3 new ebooks out!
  • Seminar Schedule
  • Product lighting
5 Types of Outdoor Portrait Lighting

Today I'm taking pictures of a 1-year-old.  And just to add to the unpredictability, I'm going to light him 5 different ways.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Full-Frame vs. Small Sensor (don't laugh...)

So here I was, on my way back from Las Vegas, and I came across a run-down old building that has a certain "character".  I pulled over and took a few pictures with my A99 II and Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8, then started to head back to the car.  Then I hesitated.

"These conditions are pretty good.  Strong light, so I can shoot at a low ISO with a small f/stop.  I wonder how the RX-100 V compares in these ideal conditions?".  I went back to the car and tried to duplicate the shots I just took using a small-sensor point-and-shoot.  Then I drove home.

The subject matter and the lighting were so good that I suspected enlargements from the two cameras would be indistinguishable.  (Click on any image to see a larger version.)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Turn your iPad into a High-Resolution Film Scanner

(Okay, that's a misleading headline, since you also need a camera and a macro lens as well.  But it works and the results are great!)  
This method works much better than the dedicated film scanners that were once available: Using a 24 megapixel camera, you get a larger file size: 6000 x 4000 pixels versus 3779 x 2522 of the Nikon Coolscan LS-2000 (which continues to gather dust under my desk).  If you use an even higher megapixel camera, you can easily see just how unsharp your old film lenses were.

Here's what you need: