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Repeating Flash Lighting Technique

Joe McNally uses the technique of repeating flash to capture the grace of balletic…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 1 - Control of Color

Go on location with Joe McNally for a video tutorial on lighting…

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Photography Lighting Tutorial Part 2 - Control of Color

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Tool Talk

Mike Corrado on the gear that shapes the light.

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Flash Points: The Control of Light

Color temperature, rear sync, slow sync: Three key elements in flash photography.

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Creative Lighting

For those who want to learn about creative lighting

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Advanced Wireless Lighting

Advanced wireless lighting is the use of multiple Speedlights set up for wireless remote…

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VR Image Stabilization

VR image stabilization technology detects vertical and horizontal movement and offsets it by…

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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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Flash Photography on Location

Ami Vitale on using a single Speedlight for illumination

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Joe McNally and the new SB-910 AF Speedlight

Behind the Scenes of a Marketing Campaign Shoot

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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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Exposure Compensation When Using i-TTL Gets Easier with the D4/D4s

Exposure compensation and flash compensation can be…

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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

Kevin Kubota on auto FP high speed sync flash…

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

Using the technique of light painting allows you to add depth and dimension to your…

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Taking Pictures at Dusk and at Night

How do I take pictures at dusk and at night?

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Take Better Portraits

Tips for taking a good portrait photo

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Setting White Balance

How do I set my camera’s white balance for different lighting situations?

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Understanding Auto ISO

Auto ISO can simplify shooting under changing lighting conditions

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Photograph Family and Friends During the Holidays

The holidays are prime picture-taking time. Get some great tips on…

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John Shaw: A Photographer's Vision Simplified

See how one of the foremost nature, outdoor and natural history…

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Sports Shooter Academy Workshop

Sports Shooter Academy gives you the opportunity to work with pros in a hands-on…

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How-To Take Great Photos at the Aquarium

Tips for photographing the fish and creatures that live under water

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Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls

Ideal class for those who want to go beyond point & shoot photography

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Summit Series of Photography Workshops

Come to the Summit for the ultimate workshop experience in all areas of…

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

Spend a day at the zoo with wildlife photographer Julie Larsen Maher

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the challenge.

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Shooting the Full Moon with the COOLPIX P900

Using the Moon Scene Mode and 83x zoom of the COOLPIX P900

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Understanding Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a…

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Learning How to Use Your Camera's Histogram

The histogram is a useful tool that analyzes tonal range and helps in…

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10 Tips for Better Camera Panning

Dave Black's tips for camera panning

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Walkabout

Take a photo walk with Nikon pro Lindsay Silverman.

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Using Multiple Lights in the Studio

Blair Bunting discusses checking lights on set

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Introduction to Three-Point Lighting & Other Video Lighting Techniques

Advanced lighting for video

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Making Great COOLPIX Videos of a Child's Birthday Party

Tips & Tricks from photographer Ann Cutting

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Marketplace: One and Only

Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera

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How to Choose Your Next DSLR Lens

What to look for when choosing your next lens for your DSLR

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Photographing the Night Sky: Star Trails

Astrophotography: tips for making great star trail images

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Shooting a Rock Concert

Whether you're taking photos at a major rock concert or at your child's school performance, these…

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Cat Photography: Capturing Cats in Pictures

With a little patience you too can make great pictures of your pet cat or…

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7 Tips & Tricks to Taking Better Wedding Photographs

Joe McNally on how to take better wedding portraits

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Using the D810A DSLR for Deep Space and Nebulae Astrophotography

Photographing Nebulae and other celestial objects with…

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Destination Latin America:

Blaine Harrington on photographing Latin America

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Getting the "Cool" Look

My daughter, Kiara, wanted some pictures of herself with her new guitar. She was looking for some…

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Flash Photography the Easy Way

David X. Tejada teaches a workshop titled Small Strobes, Big Results at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. When we spoke to him about his approach to creative flash techniques with Nikon Speedlights, he was more than happy to fire off some easy-does-it tips for flash photos. 

I use flash to influence the scene, to improve the photograph, to guide the eyes of viewers to areas of the photo I want them to look at.
  1. Establish the camera comfort zone. "The first thing I tell workshop students is to understand the relationship of the three basic camera settings—ISO, shutter speed and aperture—and know how they work together to achieve an exposure. Being totally comfortable with the basics is the first step in flash photography."    

  2. Don't think about flash. "I know I'm going to make a flash picture because I want or need flash for mood, for detail, to direct a viewer's attention or to separate my subject from the background, but I start by not thinking about flash. The first thing I do is set the [tripod-mounted] camera to capture an ambient-light exposure. I decide on the setting for my photograph, paying particular attention to the background. I select the lens I want to use. Then I choose the aperture according to the depth-of-field I want—let's say f/2.8 for a soft, out-of-focus, non-distracting background. With those key components locked in—background, lens, f/stop—I move the shutter speed until I get what the camera's meter says is the correct exposure. I take a shot and evaluate it. And based on the look of the photo that I want, I'll adjust the shutter speed if I need to increase or decrease the amount of ambient light being captured."

  3. Bring out the Speedlight(s). "Then I bring my Speedlights into play. I control them by position—simply, where I place them in relation to the subject—and by adjusting their power level to set their output. To do that I use either an SU-800 commander unit on the camera, or I'll have a Speedlight on the camera and let that be the commander. Very often I'll be using one or more light modifiers—an umbrella, a softbox, a grid, a snoot, barndoors—to diffuse or direct the light so I have control over how the light will affect the scene and the subject. I'll take a test shot and evaluate the results. I might have to adjust the power output of the flash units, or I might have to move them. Neither is a problem as everything is operating in wireless remote mode. It's really just moving a light stand or holding the flash in a different position, or controlling the power output of the Speedlights separately, and remotely, from the camera position."  

  4. Practice the techniques. "I use flash to influence the scene, to improve the photograph, to guide the eyes of viewers to areas of the photo I want them to look at. The best way to do all of that, easily and with confidence, is to work with these ideas and practice these techniques. I've been at this over 30 years, and I still practice, and I always experiment with my lights and my light modifiers. I have a studio I work in, but I really don't call it my studio; I call it my lab."

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