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Modifying Light with Flags Brought to You by Kelby Training and B&H Photo

Have you ever heard of a Gobo? It's a term used by photographers to describe something that goes between the subject and your light to modify the light output. Today, they're more commonly known as light modifiers. We've previously talked about using one light (and modifier) at a time, on-camera flash accessories, and about using these at a wedding. Today, the experts at Kelby Training talk about using a flag to modify a light: specifically about controlling falloff. 

Take a look at the video after hitting the read and discuss button and for more in-depth training please visit Kelbytraining.com. They also have full one day seminars at Kelbytraininglive.com.

Do you have any other makeshift light modifiers? Let us know about your own hacks in the comments below.

"I'd Rather Zoom With My Feet." Huh? Is That Even Possible?

I was reading a forum post by someone, who said, "I prefer prime lenses, and would rather zoom with my feet." I also read a blog post by someone that was comparing lenses of two different focal lengths, and they said, "If I want a wider angle, I'll just back up." Now, of course we've heard these references to "zooming with our feet" for years, but does it really work? We'll explore that in today's blog post.




An Intro To HDR Photography Brought to You By Kelby Training and B&H Photo

One of the limitations of today's digital cameras is that they cannot capture the dynamic range of the human eye. Indeed, our eyes are very sensative organs and have much more latitude than an imaging sensor. Back in the film days, we used to dodge and burn accordingly to get what we wanted. But these days, we just create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo. In the video below, the experts over at Kelby Training give us an intro to this process and show us how it can be useful in practical situations.

Take a look at the video after hitting the read and discuss button and for more in-depth training please visit Kelbytraining.com. They also have full one day seminars at Kelbytraininglive.com.

Back to School: 7 Essentials for Your Student

Tossing the Caps

School will be back in session soon, and your student will probably need to snag a couple of items. Think about the list: it's probably huge. No matter what major (or age) they are, you'll be able to find most of what you need here at B&H. If you've got a student in your life (or are one) getting ready to go back to school, here are some items that you may need when you head back.

 Image by Mike Wacht Photography via the B&H Photo Flickr Group

Finding the Right Light for Landscape Photographs

Good landscape photographs usually have an interesting subject, a good composition and good light. Of those three ingredients, the right light may be the most elusive.

How do we find it? It requires thinking, persistence, and a willingness to get up early and stay out late.




Real-World Review: The Hasselblad H4D-40

What would you shoot if you were loaned a Hasselblad H4D-40? Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot with one. Having been a medium format film shooter back in college, using this camera seemed almost like I was coming back home. To see just what it could do, I put it to the test in a natural-light studio, against a medium format film camera.





The Way We Work

In the classroom, I encourage my students to become familiar with the way they work. Understanding our working methods and process makes it easier to navigate the ups and downs of that process. For instance, under what conditions do you work best? Do you work on multiple projects at once, or do you complete one at a time? When are you most motivated? When are you least motivated or inspired? How do you deal with hitting walls or roadblocks? Do you like to experiment, or do you prefer full control? Recognizing these repeating conditions—and how we react to them—makes us more efficient and adept at maneuvering the creative working process.

Headshot by Athena Photography.

Practicing Underwater Photography

About 90 miles from NYC is a playground for scuba divers. Dutch Springs, a limestone quarry, attracts northeast scuba divers to train, practice, try new gear and socialize. Many divers thumb their nose up at diving Dutch. Local wreck divers prefer to dive the changing offshore shipwrecks. Warm water divers are not interested in the cold water and some-what low visibility. That being said many dive shops in the Northeast conduct their training at Dutch, and many divers come here to practice their skills.

Even the tiny boat wreck between the platform and bus could make a dramatic image

Google + for Photographers: Is it Worth It?

Take a look at the major stories in tech new these days and you'll see that Google + is all over it. The service, which is currently on an invite only basis, is looking to become the next big thing in the social media world—looking to rival the current king: Facebook! Many photographers already have a presence on Facebook (both personal and business) so is Google Plus really worth your effort?

Hands on: DeluxGear Lens Guard

The DeluxGear Lens Guard provides extra protection for your lenses, in the form of a giant body cap. There are photographers that say, justifiably, that their lenses are the most important part of their gear. Their lenses mean the world to them. When you place your lenses in your camera bag, lens wraps can provide some level of extra protection. However, if your bag doesn't have lots of padding, you may end up feeling that they're a bit unprotected.



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