A Guide to Buying Cheap Wireless Flash Triggers

Want to try off-camera flash, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a set of PocketWizards?  Welcome to the world of cheap eBay and Amazon wireless flash triggers, which will allow you to wirelessly fire your flash even when it is not connected to your DSLR camera. If you’re ready to venture off into the world of off-camera …

An Introduction to Fill-Flash for Photography

As soon as a new photographer gets her hands on a Canon 580EXII or a Nikon SB-700, they inevitably want to use it ALL THE TIME… including when shooting on the beach in the middle of the day.  Most photographers get frustrated when using fill-flash for the first time, but you really only need to know a few key things …

Flash Sync Speeds… No Experience Necessary

First, a disclaimer.  This is a very complex and scientific subject, and I’m going to do my best to explain this topic in very simple terms because this is an oft-misunderstood subject.  So if you’re an advanced super-photographer, just feel free to tell me what I missed in the comments below, but know that I probably skipped it on purpose. …

FUNdamentals of soft light for portrait photography

When you start talking about teaching the fundamentals of anything, people tune out.  I’m hoping I got you here with the whole FUNdamentals thing.  Seriously, this post is gonna be a lot of fun (no, not really). Soft light vs. Hard light We’ve all heard people use these terms and many of us probably know what these terms mean intuitively, …

Off-camera flash… on the cheap!

Someone once told me that you’re not a serious photographer until you have the gear to do off-camera flash.  While I’m not sure that this is an accurate statement for many reasons, most of us want to have this technique as an option in our tool belts; however, you’ve probably been down to the camera store and noticed how EXPENSIVE …