Category: Strobist

March 3, 2011 / / Blog

Flash is often seen as a necessary evil by many photographers, and when the flash is “on camera” (like most are) it can be a bit bland and create “bunny in the headlight” portraits. However, get the flash (speedlite) on a stand and trigger it remotely,  you’ll see the true creative power of flash. Here are a few starter tips. Take note of your camera’s “synch speed” – it’s usually around 1/20oth second. If you go faster than this, you’ll get dark areas on your photos Learn how to use…

February 28, 2011 / / Blog

I guess the traditional “Family portrait” is usually thought of as:- a visit to a shop on the high street where you sit in a little room with umbrellas, choose a slightly mottled blue background get posed in a traditional way feel awkward and have to calm the kids down get a few shots taken and then wait for ages to see the results. Studio based photography has of course moved on a lot since then, many people using white backgrounds or bold colours, getting you jumping around and lying…

February 23, 2011 / / Blog

We all take photos of people these days, be it on the phone, a little camera or a £5000 pro camera. Here are a few ideas which apply to any camera and any skill level… 1 – Don’t put the person in the middle of the shot, but slightly to one side 2 – Get them to face “in to” the shot – if they’re on the left of the photo, get them facing to the right & vice versa 3 – Rather than getting them just to “smile”, get…