The 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.
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.
I spend a lot of time of shooting in areas that I teach workshops. I find that an increased familiarity with a place gives my students-and myself a better chance at getting great photographs. Its not that we can't all go out and get lucky from time to time. Its just that your odds of getting the right light at the right time increase with every visit to a location. How many times do you think Ansel photographed Half Dome?
July is wildflower season in the San Juan Mountains of South Western Colorado and I have had the pleasure of enjoying the area this time of year for nearly twenty years. The diversity of photographic options never ceases to amaze me. The world-renowned floral display is particularly beautiful. It’s an awesome place to dive into the world of both macro and landscape photography.
When I first started shooting with digital cameras, I quickly realized that my old my muscle memory wasn't going to work with the new breed of cameras. Because there were more buttons and functions now, I compiled a loose list of things to consider before taking a picture. Over time, the list grew from simply digital considerations to an even broader checklist.
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