Add Light

If there’s one thing I know, it is that there’s never enough light. So for a portrait like this, from April 2014, I need to add some.

1/200, f/2, 800 ISO.

So that is one and one-third stop more than the usual 400/40/40 (400 ISO, 1/40 sec, f/4 ISO); i.e. almost the same; except a blurrier background by using a larger aperture, and hence, the need for faster speed.

And the flash was pointed where?

Behind me.




Here’s my mom, who is 85, at the Lek river, a part of the Rhine that flows in Holland from Germany to the estuary in Rotterdam.

(f/4.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 400)

The history part: the small town of Schoonhoven, miles from the nearest highway, is still, in my mind, completely a “Golden Age” 17th century town. Drenched in the history of The Netherlands.

As for mom, I lit her with a bounced flash: you can see the flash light on the wall reflecting in the window. So I started with te background; set it to –2 stops, and then added flash. That’s how flash works: you start with the background.

And the shutter is at 1/250 to get the most flash in (I.e I do not want to reduce aperture or ISO to get the background darker, because that makes the flash have to work harder too).

Are you in Holland? Wednesday I teach all three courses Flash 1, Flash 2, and Video/DSLR in one day, 9am-6pm, in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht near Rotterdam. There are spots, so benefit now.  No longer three evenings, now it is one day. Sign up!






Iceland, 2

Iceland was a land, for me, of colours. The ones you saw yesterday, and blues, like here at Geysir.

Strokkur is the geyser that erupts every seven or so minutes; the big one no longer does.

All taken at 1/320 sec, f/5.6, 100 ISO, manual.

For photos like this, you set the camera on manual and work out the exposure and leave it; and you set the shutter to continuous exposures. Then, click-click-click.

In an ideal world, I would have had no clouds. But we do not live in an ideal world. I had to be upwind of the geyser, of course.