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Two Great New Photography E-Books

New E-BooksI know many of you love photography e-books because they are:

(a) Inexpensive,
(b) Easy to refer back to any time,
(c) Portable on all your devices, and
(d) Did I mention inexpensive?

Well, while I was busy finishing my Event Photography course, two of my favorite photography teachers put out great new e-books that I am long overdue in bringing to your attention.

Let’s look at each separately. (more…)

Photographing Architecture and Real Estate

As I wrote recently, I’m taking a video course by Mike Kelley called Where Art Meets Architecture.

You can see my first attempts at photographing an interior, and how it went right (and wrong) in the video above.

Click here for full details and to buy the course

This is possibly the best photography course I’ve ever seen. (more…)

Important New Flashes: Phottix Mitros [review]

Phottix MitrosThe wizards at Phottix just keep cranking out awesome new products.

In the past I’ve raved about their excellent Odin and Strato flash triggers, and now I’m here to sing the praises of their latest innovation in third-party flashes for Canon and Nikon (with Sony coming soon).

It may seem a bit of a stretch to describe a new third-party flash as “important” but I’m going to tell you why I think the Phottix Mitros and Mitros+ flashes are groundbreaking and why they may help level the photography playing field. (more…)

Yongnuo YN622C TTL Flash Trigger Review

Yongnuo YN622C on

Phottix Odin on

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You can also watch this on YouTube: Yongnuo YN622C Flash Trigger Review


Schooled by Senior Pictures

How to Shoot Senior Pictures


We’re always learning as photographers, and sometimes the lesson we learn is not to ignore the lessons we’ve already learned.

I had one of those experiences this week. (more…)

Photography for Trade

We’ve talked in the past about how it harms the photography industry when amateur photographers give away photos that they should be charging clients for.

Jewelry Fashion Shoot Photo

Afternoon sunlight with reflector. Lightroom post-production with filter from Pretty Presets. Canon 5D Mk II and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS. Settings 90mm, ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/320 sec.

The flip side of this coin is that we all encounter many opportunities for trade, where it makes perfect economic sense to swap our photographic skills for something of value in return. (more…)

Phottix Odin—The Ultimate Flash Trigger?

Phottix Odin Transmitter

Phottix Odin Transmitter

My Phottix Odin flash triggers just arrived, and oh, man, it’s like Christmas came early at my house.

Finally a gear-maker has delivered all the features I’ve been wanting in a flash trigger for years!

  • TTL Metering? – Check
  • High Speed Sync? – Check
  • Second Curtain Sync? – Check
  • Manual Power Settings? – Check
  • Multiple Groups? – Check
  • Backward Compatibility with cheaper triggers? – Check
  • Super Low Price? – Well, um… six out of seven ain’t bad

Seriously, I can’t think of anything that is missing from these triggers. Technology has finally caught up to my fantasy wish list.

So, why is this trigger a big deal? (more…)

Canon 320EX — Do You Need It?

Canon’s new 320EX flash is the first to feature a continuous LED light for shooting video.

Sounds great, but will it still meet your needs up as a dedicated flash?

Watch the video to learn why I have serious doubts about the 320EX as a flash for still photography.

Phottix Strato Flash Trigger – Now Even Better!

Phottix Strato II Multi

Phottix Strato II Multi

If you follow my product reviews at my photography training website, you probably know that the Phottix Strato has long been my favorite radio trigger for off-camera flash photography.

(If you want to learn why, you can watch my video review of the Strato.)

Well, the geniuses at Phottix have just improved on perfection by creating the new STRATO II MULTI flash trigger. (more…)

Rooftop Model Shoot – Minus Sunset

For the full gallery click here.  (Requires Flash, sorry iPad users.)

This was supposed to be a sunset shoot on a gorgeous rooftop of a high-rise downtown.  We had the perfect angle to place the setting sun behind the models for dazzling backlight effect.

Everybody ready? Lights, camera, action…


Oh well. I’m on a roof with several beautiful models, so we’re going to make the most of it.  Switch to plan B.

Since we had a gray day I tried to create dramatic lighting and dramatic effects in post-processing to make the best of the situation.  Underexpose the sky (oops, missed that in some shots when my camera got bumped into Av mode instead of Manual. How did that happen?).  Add some vignette in processing and punch up the blacks, etc.

I’m not sure I really succeeded, in getting exactly what I wanted, but do I like some of the shots.  And more importantly, I learned some things from my mistakes.  Sometimes that is more useful than getting exactly what you planned for.

This was all lit with Speedlites. The techniques I’m experimenting with here are all part of the preparation for an upcoming course on “Advanced Off-Camera Flash.”

I’ll keep you posted on that.

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