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B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: September 28th, 2012

This week in the news: Adobe released Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11; Black Magic told us why there is such a delay on their cameras; Apple's iOS 6 made a lot of headlines, and more.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for September 28th, 2012. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

Small Lights, Big Looks

If you don’t have the budget to buy or rent studio lighting gear, or you just prefer to travel light, can you still get studio-style results?

The good news is that you can. The equipment will not be as functionally convenient as gear designed specifically for the job. You’ll have to get a bit creative in terms of how you piece together and use parts that weren’t conceived for this purpose. In the end, light is light—it’s how you use it and how you modify the sources that really give lighting its “look.”

Editor's Note: This is a guest blogpost by Brian Dilg, Chair, New York Film Academy Photography School

Opening photo is Day Two Hundred Ninety-nine: Ninja Time [Explored] by Stormline via the B&H Photo Flickr Group

Dramatic Studio Light from a Portable Flash

Studio lights are essential for many types of product and fashion shots, and I’ve used them for decades. Sometimes I like to keep things simple, though, and it’s fun to challenge myself to create lighting that evokes a mood and an emotion with just a single portable flash. I recently photographed a beautiful young model, Ellecie White of Hillsboro, Tennessee, and I thought this would be the perfect time to minimize my equipment. I felt it would be less intimidating to a five-year-old, and I was sure I could create the type of lighting I wanted.



One Light at a Time: Lighting and Creating a Scene

Have you ever looked at photographs and wondered how they were lit? Strobist diagrams can help after the fact, but what about before: how do you know how to get the look you want? Consider a cinematography technique: lighting your scene one light at a time.







Using Your Flash in Manual Mode

With FlashThe off camera flash is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in our camera bags. It can serve as our main light source, an accent light, or be used to simply fill in shadow areas of a high contrast scene. Recently I have been experimenting using the flash to illuminate foreground subjects in the landscape. I first came up with the idea when photographing a lava beach in Hawaii.


Three Things Every Photographer Needs to Know About Electronic Flash

Someone recently asked for a “super basic lesson on flash” in, as they said, “one or two steps.”  When I say flash, I mean supplementary light that is being used when documenting people, places or things as they are presented to you. I am NOT talking about studio work, where you can control the light and the subject. I am talking about when the photographer has to react to the subject and the light as they are given.

Basic Tips for Shooting in Low Light

A few thoughts on shooting in low light situations: To begin with you will need to use a high ISO. Most cameras' lowest ISO is the native (default). This is 100 ISO on Canon and usually 200 on Nikon. You may need to set yours as high as 1600 or 3200 ISO to capture the shot. Do some test shooting before your important shoot.  

Canon Flash Photography with Rudy Winston

Rudy Winston recently gave a presentation at the B&H Event Space on the popular Canon Speedlite Flash system. BHInsights tracked him down and was able to pick his brain a bit more about using the Canon Speedlite system for consumers. 

AC Flash Power Pack 101

 Thank you for all the reads on our “Bare Tube Flash Head 101” article. This one is the obvious follow-up story. Without the power pack component, the flash head has no fuel. The pack’s the control panel for the system.

    



Low Light and Flash in Rajasthan India


There is no doubt about it; India is a photographer’s carnival. The colors are kaleidoscopic; the scenes are cinematic; and the light is luminous. I’ve been traveling to Rajasthan for the past few years to lead the National Geographic Expeditions India Photo Tour—a tour that has focused on light and lighting.

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