Warm day

It was a warm-ish day today, so I went and took some car photos.

Since the sun was out, it is no surprise that I found available light a little boring:

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So.. I added a flash, on a light stand. But as you will have guessed one flash was, of course, not enough to light a big subject like a car…:

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…so I added two flashes. Left flash: half power manual 600EX, aimed direct at the car starboard side (zoom=50mm). Right flash: half power manual 430EX, aimed direct at the car front (zoom=50mm).

And that gave me this photo:

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Desaturated slightly; otherwise this is the way I shot it.

But… say what—Two light stands? Fired by pocketwizards? Isn’t that complicated?

Yes, yes, and no, respectively. It is not complicated. And the results, as you see, get you immediately beyond the “snapshot”. And that is satisfying.

Michael teaches flash and other photography subjects; at Sheridan College and privately; and at his own school. If you want to know more, come to one of my regular courses (see www.cameraworkshops.ca).

El Carro

Car pictures. Always fun. Including snaps:

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That’s my Camaro ZL1, at 400 ISO, 1/400 sec, f/16.

Does anything occur to you when you see those numbers?

Yes, it’s the Sunny Sixteen rule.

Anyway, the car has a lot of detail, like the badges:

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So here is my all-new Camaro. Flash TTL, flash bounced behind me,

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That is right, a little toy. And it’s my car’s exact colours, too. And that toy has surprising detail. The same badges, for a start.

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Note: Over the next while, long term that is, I plan to use this toy as a prop in pictures all over the place, so stand by!

Always carry a camera dept: drinks in the above restaurant, and they looked pretty enough to take a snap:

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(35mm lens, manual mode, 1/320 sec, 1000 ISO, f/2.2.)

Cat, Kid

Why do we have cameras?

We have cameras because cats.

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And because kids:20170324-1DX_3860-1024

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And the glasses are mine. But she clearly gets it,20170324-1DX_3868-1024

So will the iPhone ever replace the DSLR camera?

No.

It will complement it, sure., I take a lot of iPhone pictures. You always have it, and it’s so easy to Facebook a pic. But it will never replace it.

Look at my photos. What can an iPhone not do that a DSLR can?

  • Use a real flash
  • Get those blurry backgrounds (yeah yeah, the oPhone 7 has a second lens to fake it);
  • Shoot at high ISOs with great quality
  • Do macro shots.
  • Shoot at fast (controlled) shutter speeds.
  • Have enough megapixels.
  • Give the user control over focus mode and focus area, ISO, aperture, white balance,…
  • Create large prints (like 40 inch across).

There’s so much more. The laws of physics do not allow a small camera to do what a large camera does. It is as simple as that. So there will always be a market for both.

 

More Toronto Workshops

There will be more Toronto workshops: See www.cameraworkshops.ca. Tomorrow, there will be links to the e-store, so you can book (if you want to pre-book, text me). 

There will be more, and the subjects will vary. Please let me know any subjects you would like to see covered.

There will also be more Brantford work.shops, and the subjects will vary there, too. Please let me know any subjects you would like to see covered.

It’s exciting, when you get organized, isn’t it.