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Canon PowerShot S95 is a high-end compact point-and-shoot digital camera. It has a larger-than-normal image sensor and modest pixel count that translate into better low light image quality. Unfortunately it does not have a built-in intervalometer so no direct support for time lapse photography (it does support a limited time lapse in miniature video mode). That doesn’t mean it is not possible though. There are two ways to make time lapse photography with Canon PowerShot S95 possible. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on January 23rd, 2012. No Comments.

The basic function of neutral density filter or ND filter is cutting down the light entering the camera without introducing any color shifts. They have many uses in photography. Neutral density filters can be categorized into two main types: graduated neutral density filters and regular neutral density filters. The former has graduated distribution of the light reduction levels across the filter. The latter has simple uniform light reduction across the whole filter. Read More…

Posted in Accessories, Tips and Techniques on January 21st, 2012. No Comments.
Outdoor Photo

Flash photography is not just for night-time. Fill flash is a great technique to create a flattering light during day time. However it is a little tricky to use the flash as a complimentary light source instead of dominating one. If you get overly exposed photos while trying to use fill flash outdoors, you are most likely dealing with issues related to the flash sync speed. Hopefully the fill flash tips offered in this post can help you to avoid the problem. Read More…

Posted in Photography Lighting on January 17th, 2012. No Comments.

I received the following question from our reader Rob.

Shooting indoors at night. I have a client that has reflexes so fast that her eyes are closed 90 % of the time. Using nikon d300 with nikon sb600. Use it on camera, off camera, TTL, rear sync, 250 to 20 and nothing worked. Turned model light off, turned it on. Threw something at the client to make them blink. Still nothing worked. Do you have any other suggestions? Regular light was enough to see but not enought to shoot with my 18-200 VR.

You are definitely not alone with this problem. There are many people who are sensitive to flash and blink every time they see it. Modern flash lighting technology uses so-called “pre-flash” to determine correct flash exposure. The main flash is emitted after the pre-flash with a delay in-between . If the delay is longer than the speed of human reflex, which is typically around 0.1 second, you have a good chance to capture closed eyes. The average length of a blink is 300-400 milliseconds. If the delay between pre-flash and main flash is anywhere between 0.1 to 0.5 second, the camera will likely capture eyes that are not fully open. Read More…

Posted in Photography Lighting, Q & A on January 10th, 2012. No Comments.
Nikon SB800 AF Assist Illuminator

Shooting in the dark can be challenging because of the difficulties in obtaining accurate focus. When the light is too dim, the lens will start to hunt. The auto focus sensor on your camera simply cannot see enough light to work in poorly lit situations. If you have experienced something like this, the following tips on how to focus while shooting in the dark may help. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on January 8th, 2012. No Comments.
Connect X2

Eye-Fi cards have gone a long way. Now Eye-Fi X2 cards come with so-called “Direct Mode” that creates a wireless hotspot right in the Eye-Fi card itself. With a Eye-Fi software installed on your computer or wireless device (Android and iOS are supported), you can shoot and instantly have the image show up on the computer or wireless device. The YouTube video below show you how to wirelessly tether your camera to an iPad. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on January 4th, 2012. 1 Comment.

World on a String
Stunning images of world map photographed through water droplet have been causing a lot of buzz lately (for example, Gizmodo, Mail Online, and Reddit). The images were taken by Markus Reugels, who is fascinated by the shapes simple wafer drops can form but too fast for human eyes to see. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on January 3rd, 2012. No Comments.

Photographing children can be challenging but there are already plenty of tips to get you going. Personally I took many photos of my children as they grow up. Some of the tips I learned on the Internet helped me greatly. So today I am going to share some of my favorite tips on how to photographing children. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on December 30th, 2011. No Comments.
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