What lessons have you've learn this month while out on your creative journey. It's true that we learn new things all the time. My lesson has been not to ask my boys to sit for me when they are busy playing with the iPad. The results were hilarious.
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Reflect or not to reflect
With the Finding The Light Workshop approaching fast I thought I'd play with some window shots to demonstrate the difference a simple reflector can make to an image. I used to think that reflectors were just something else to carry around until I got to understand their capabilities. Taking a photo is easy compared to finding a willing subject among my 4 sons. After I was able to pry one of them from the iPad for a couple of minutes, he was more interested in mum holding the reflector then looking at the camera. Below is the difference a simple reflector can make to an image.
So I negotiated more iPad time in exchange for a willing subject and Noah agreed. This image was shot with Noah side on to the window. Notice the deep shadows across half of his face.
By introducing a reflector I was able to effectively fill the shadows to create a more pleasing image. 5in1 reflectors can be used to fill light, reduce light, change the colour of light and soften light. It is great that an economical accessory can help enhance an image so well.
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What's Been Happening?
Another month and another Publication. I am very proud to have received 5 pages in the June edition of Lita Magazine.
Photographer: James Lunan
Model: Maddison Crain
HMUA: Trish Lee G
Assistant: Kristie Carrick
Last month I talked about about our new toy the Godox AD360 bare bulb flash which is great as an off camera flash. I thought that I would share the love and talk about Yongnuo's latest additions to their speed light family. Yongnuo is the first after market company to release a controller flash in it's YN600EX-RT. They say that it is pretty well matched to the Canon 600ex-rt however at a fraction of the price making economic sense. The YN600EX-RT and little brother YN566EX are both high speed sync compatible and support ETTL (TTL) systems. Here is a brief run down on what I found out about each of these flashes.
A great feature of the YN568EX is that it supports off camera ETTL (TTL) to both Canon and Nikon systems. That means that when you meet up with friends for shoots you can set up multiple YN568EX flashes as slaves and know that while your your's is Nikon and your friend's is a canon mount units they will communicate wirelessly to multi brand from standard Canon or Nikon transmitters. The YN568EX costs around $165 (on special) and is available for both Canon and Nikon.
The YN600EX-RT is a little different as it is apparently the only after market speed light that can operate as an RT transmitter/ receiver and is compatible with Canon's new RT (Radio Transmission) system. Sorry Nikon user, this is only available to Canon and at a cost of around $200 is a very economical option. Check out www.fotogenic.com.au for more accurate pricing.
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And there's mum holding the reflector.
Back to Basics With all the learning and self development that we undergo in photography it's good to reflect on the basics. Over the next few editions I'll talk about the exposure triangle, tonal range, RAW v Jpeg and more. Stay tuned and if you have any suggest please drop me a line.