Improve Photography Roundtable (EP-176)

Pre-Roll: Squarespace & Lightroom Steal Last Chance Sale!

Questions of the Week:

  • Justin Zaffarese: Can we talk about battery packs for speedlights ? I use Yongnuo 568 EX speedlights .I am starting to wonder if i am a photographer or a battery recharger who takes photos sometimes.
  • Janet Schill: Should I go full frame with the D750 or go with the D500 with the higher ISO and better and faster focusing? She shoots nature, wildlife, and landscape.
  • Brian Pex: When shooting small children (under 4 feet) using a normal light stand is just too tall. What do you all do for this situation?

Sandy’s Segment: Tethering Tips

  • I always tether if I can. This can be intimidating at first though.
  • Try to set-up beforehand and have a stand-in help you with lighting.
  • Helps yourself, and your subject, view what you are shooting, and make adjustments. I’ve found it particularly helpful when I’m photographing women. They can tell me right away what they are liking about a shot and what they aren’t loving.  
  • I also strongly recommend using TetherTools https://www.tethertools.com. They have “Jerkstoppers” that have saved my camera more than once when I, or someone else, trips over the cord.
  • For Lightroom: Select: File->Tether Capture->Start Tether Capture. If you are using a grey card, you can use the eyedropper to set your temperature and tint, then from the tether capture screen, use the drop-down to set “Develop Settings” to “Same as Previous”.
  • I personally use a program called “Capture One”. I like it a lot, and they offer a free 30-day trial. https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Capture-One-Pro/Highlights.aspx

Midroll: Squarespace and The Great Courses

Zelda’s Segment: What’s holding you back?

  • Your own thinking
  • Stephen Schwartz “Forgiveness’ Embrace”
  • My own struggles
  • Your weakness can be your strength

Jim’s Segment: A Poem by Longfellow

Doodads of the Week!

  • Zelda: YN RF-603 (can make Canon talk to Nikon)  
  • Sandy: Black velvet cloth
  • Jim: Zhiyun Z1 Smooth C 
  • Jim: Overcast Podcasting App for iOS

4 thoughts on “Improve Photography Roundtable (EP-176)”

  1. Great show, Sandy and Zelda shared some great tips and ideas, thanks also for the upbeat encouragement in this show, and the poetry.

  2. I recently replaced my D300 with the D500 and have had absolutely no regrets. I love, love my D500! I already own a full frame camera, the D4s. As one whose main passion is wildlife & sports photography a crop frame camera has a big advantage. Combining the D500 with the Nikkor 300mm f.4 PF gives you a great light weight super telephoto combination especially when a 1.4x teleconverter. Adding the MB-D17 battery / grip gives vertical gives you the access to release and back button focus button. Those buttons also work with or without the grip battery installed. So you have the option of staying light weight or the heavier weight of a full frame type camera. The D500 has most of the features of the D5 at a fraction of the price. It was several new features that my D4s lacks. Gives you wireless radio control of the SB-5000 which is great for bird photography. Highly recommended camera.

  3. As for the light stands being too tall why not do what I do – attach the flash / umbrella holder to a tripod. With my Manfrotto I can go from 6 feet to as low as a foot if I want. Or even attach the holder to my Leica table top mini tripod.

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