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on Aug 17, 2016 in Field Reports

Impact Goes Int’l!

Having been to O’Reilly’s before, I knew the opportunity was here for some really fun portraits. Now I could have done these with just a straight camera shot, but that’s just not right to do to folks. I could have gone with the flash on the camera, but those portraits never look all that great. So I went with a little panache thinking, I wanted some real studio lighting for folks but I was traveling half way around the world. Luckily for me, B&H had just delivered their Impact DLSR lighting gear to me which made my decision real simple. I talked about all the gear on my last Podcast, here’s the whole list: Vello Ringbox Ringflash Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24″) Fabric Grid for 24 x 24″ Quikbox Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (15 x 15″) Fabric Grid for 15 x 15″ Quikbox Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8′) Eric was a great sport about this (a great...

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on Aug 9, 2016 in Field Reports

Flash Comp In the Body

Flash is such an important tool and with the introduction of D5 / D500 and SB-5000, it was made even easier to use. The issue still is us, humans that is, in “seeing” light and being able understand when we need to meld ambient light with flash to tell our story. The way we meld the light taking advantage of the computers in our cameras and our flash is through exposure compensation. That’s the purpose behind this post. In this photo of a Spitfire pilot in the cockpit wearing full scramble gear, it was made on a day when the ambient light was dull and directionless. I needed to dial in exposure compensation for the ambient light and for the flash. The body has only one exposure compensation button but your flash has two (at least with top end Nikons) buttons, one on the flash and one on the body. In this case, I depressed the Flash button on the back, left side of the D5 and dialed in...

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on Aug 4, 2016 in Field Reports

D5 / D500 Dust – Be Gone?!

The D5 & D500 have the same SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Start as previous Nikon DSLR cameras. I’ve never given it a thought until my buddy said, “Did you know that you can only run it so many times and then it stops?” I ran it on my D5 and sure enough, after running it six times the option to use it again was gone. I then looked at the sensor and it was pretty darn clean. That got me to thinking. Ever since then when I’m going to be shooting with the lens closed down, f/16 or more, I run this cleaning until it is no longer available. Like when shooting propellor aircraft against a blue sky. And ever since doing that my dust problem has almost gone away. Been doing the same thing with the D500 and it’s working there too. Now I don’t know if I’m causing undo wear by doing this, wanting to see the dust gone or what, all I know...

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on Jul 8, 2016 in Field Reports

Modifying Light in Telling a Story

It was a great morning on the ramp. We were working with the Texas Flying Legends Museum Spitfire MkIXc with the moody skies and the wet tarmac, a aviation photographers dream! After taking the overall shots and when you think you have them all, you move in for the detail shots. Now detail shots cover everything, important and trivial on the aircraft, graphically cool and technically boring. It’s then when you dig down and start modifying the light to tell the story. My shooting partner for decades Kevin said, “Got your SB-5000?” I instantly knew what he was thinking, light up the cockpit. I got out my SB-5000 & WR-R10 and handed it to Kevin. Since he had used it a month ago, he simply plugged the WR-R10 into his D5, turned on the SB-5000 and it instantly start talking to each other. I placed the SZ-4TN Incandescent Filter on the flash to add some color and he shot away. I uped it a tad by using the same...

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on Jun 28, 2016 in Field Reports

Speed Attaching that Plate This is such a little thing, almost seems silly to blog but it’s a biggie to me. Attaching and detaching my Really Right Stuff plates at times is like hand to hand combat! The biggest issues are trying to attach in a hurry, detach in a hurry or doing either with gloves on. That L Wrench just doesn’t cut it for me (need one, have a drawer full!). My original miniature speed wrench lost its bit so went looking for a replacement. That’s when I came across the Neiko, small, light and fully functional even with gloves on. Best thing, it makes attaching and detaching darn easy and fast. I found mine at Amazon but they are readily available. Like I said, not really a big deal but it’s the little things that can make photography fun...

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on Jun 27, 2016 in Field Reports

Epson’s Amazing Legacy Papers

Printing is such an important aspect of photography! There is much that goes into the great print and probably no more so than paper. Epson has available in large sheet and rolls their new, Legacy papers and they are simply gorgeous! The Legacy Platine Paper and Legacy Baryta Paper is the “glossy” papers in the new line. The Legacy Fibre Paper and Legacy Etching Paper are the “matte” finish papers. While they are gorgeous papers no matter what printer, to get the most from these legacy papers you want to use one of the new generation Epson Printers like the P800. The one thing the web cannot do is display the spectacular nature of these papers nor how YOUR images will glow using these papers. Epson has a sample pack available with these four papers. I encourage you to get it and do your own testing. I have my preferences already and have a stock of Legacy Platine Paper and Legacy Fibre Paper in the office I’m using for...

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