Monthly Archives: December 2015

Wrong camera settings


How many times has that happened to you. Well, it happened to me just yesterday. My flash did not fire and I was ridiculously underexposed. As a matter of fact the back of my camera rendered this, a black picture. Useless, or so I thought. Then, I thought, what the hell, lets open up the exposure in lightroom and see what happens? WOW, the technology saved me, a very usable pic, but noisy as I would have expected as the sensor did not grab all the info optimally. So there we have it. Even badly exposed pictures can be saved […]

Balancing flash and ambient (Part1, birds)


Arguably, flash will add a tremendous amount of “pop” to your photographs, but if you are not careful, it can also destroy your work. I will try and explain how to do this, in 2 sections (Part 1, birds and Part 2, people/ pets/ kids), but the principles are really the same though. You just have to balance the flashes output to that of the ambient. When using flash, you have 2 options, use flash as fill or use flash as the dominant light. For the type of photography I do I mostly prefer to use fill flash, and I […]

Compressing perspective, creating depth


Do you sometimes feel your landscapes just lack depth, that the picture you took with that wide angle is just not right. Well, maybe the answer is to use a longer lens. Similarly, your portraits seem to just capture to much of the surrounding scene. Again, switch to a longer focal length, isolate your subject from the distracting backgrounds and watch the magic happen. Above is beautiful and photogenic Suvera, photographed in a playground, and I really had problems with a very distracting background, so I switched to my trusty 80-200f2.8 lens and snapped this one at 125mm, notice how […]

Gel your flash to match the ambient


  I don’t often see photographers slapping on those horribly yellow gels onto their flashes, and its an elementary mistake, and I suggest, next time you do an indoor shoot with a lot of tungsten (3700K) light around, slap that gel on, also, don’t forget to set your cameras white balance to Tungsten. The Nikon gel to use is the TN-A1. When you shoot without the gel, you adding white light (5500K) to an environment of predominantly yellow light. Most likely your camera is still on auto white balance and sadly your colours will now just be a mix of […]