Saturday, July 14, 2012

FRIDAY 7-13-12 On A Foggy Day

This is essentially a slide show of flowers around my home in Eureka, Ca. I put the music of a nice song I made using Apple garageband loops. I just named it the date but Friday 7-13-12 is more fun then most dates. The music is like a Canon something Bach may have done, mostly strings, some french horns, bassoon and a nice Oboe lead. The camera was a canon (no pun intended) rebel XSI with a 100mm 2.8 lens at ISO 200 on a foggy day.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How Canon Camera Gear is Made

Here’s a promotional/educational video by Canon that explains both how digital cameras work and how it manufactures them. Interesting fact: lenses are so precise that if they were to be enlarged to the size of a sports stadium, the margin of error would be less than the thickness of a business card.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Understanding Ring Lights / Ring Flashes: A Lighting Tutorial by TheSlantedLens

 A great lighting tool is the Ring Light or Ring Flash. The Ring Light was invented in the 1950's as a light source to capture medical images. Fashion photographers and DP's soon found this great light source and used it to shoot people. It's perfect because it creates a wonderful highlight on the skin and allows the shadows to fall away from the camera. This video is a look at how to use a Ring Light or Ring Flash. Keep those cameras rolling and keep on click'n! by theslantedlens.com (Jay P. Morgan)

There are also passive light modifiers, which will shape the light from an ordinary (shoe mount) flash into that of a ring flash. The adapters use a series of diffusers and reflectors to "bend" the light in an arc around the lens axis. The light is then emitted from that arc. This maintains any through-the-lens (TTL) lighting functions that may be shared by the camera and flash, as the actual light source has not changed.
Ring flash as a lighting technique has enjoyed a strong resurgence over the last few years,[when?] as photographers realize that it is far more useful than the one-look way in which it has been used for decades. Specifically, it is now being used primarily as a fill light to raise the illumination level of shadows created by other, off-axis lights. It is considered[by whom?] to be a particularly good source of fill light, because it does not create harsh shadows.