My first shooting gig in Boston was a cool venture called Backyartists, a company started by two experienced early childhood educators. Backyartists mostly caters to local families with pre-school aged children, but they also ship out seasonal and holiday boxes of open-ended process art and sensory activities for kids ages 3-9. Today I was taking marketing shots of their Friendship & Love box, for Valentine’s Day.
|Here's a BTS shot. The yellow circle shows the wireless flash, held off to the side.|
I shot minimalistically (that's a word!) - A7R IV and a small Godox flash and a paper flash diffuser. Being small, the flash didn't always recycle in time and so I ended up with some shots that were darker than I'd like. Can I fix it by lightening the parts that the flash would have illuminated, like I did way back in 2015?
|Just ambient light - sun highlighting the hair|
|Wireless flash with High-Speed Sync - Drama! |
|Lower the shutter speed to blend ambient and flash - looks more normal and doesn't call attention to itself while still looking great.|
|(It can improve indoor pics, too!)|
|This is what good light can do. What do you think of him now?|
Can you take the first picture above and turn it into the 2nd picture using the post-processing tool of your choice? Links to the raw files are here. Send your best efforts to info at Friedman Archives dot com . The winner will receive both fame and glory in next month's blog. :-) Let's see if wireless flash still has a place in the smartphone era.
|Menu items appear and disappear (and menu pages renumbered!) when the exposure mode dial goes from P/A/S/M to Movie mode. Notice Menu 5 in P/A/S/M mode (left) is different from Menu 5 in Movie mode (right).|
The problem with the .HIF file (as produced by the A7S III) is that nothing can open them. Not Photoshop; not Sony’s Imaging Edge Desktop suite, not Windows 10 with HEIF codecs installed, and not even Mac computers (even when the extension was renamed to .HEIC – only the thumbnail was recoverable). Sony DOES provide free software conversion tool which converts .HIF files to either .JPG or .TIF, though, making the format just somewhat useful. This program only works on images shot on an A7S III and not on other cameras (such as an iphone).
Of course I don't mean to sound negative. How wonderful it is to have this legendary low-light camera with phase-detect AF built-in! It's the professional video camera in a tiny package; and has been called the affordable FX-6. Professional videographers are flocking to it. And you can pre-order my book on it at a discount here.
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