Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

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Speedlite practice.

Trying to figure out way too much and THEN retain what I’ve learned. Basically I’m at the beginning of a learning curve and am just setting up my camera and lightstand and Speedlite flash shooting away hoping some understanding will miraculously occur.

I wish my son lived closer. He’d have no trouble learning off camera flash photography.

I think it’s time I join a camera club.

1/4 power flash, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, 70mm, ISO 200

No flash, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, 70mm, ISO 200


4 Responses to “Speedlite practice.”

  1. LR says:

    Joining a camera club ought to be a great idea. They meet 3 hrs. a day/ 3 days a week. Let’s see, …..if you quit exercising, going to other meetings, stop phone calls, and golf, you should be able to get to at least 1/2 of the camera club meetings!
    There is a camera club meeting tonight (somewhere) talking about not using green markers on sidetables in use of light camera experiments. As I understand it, that is a real faux pas.



    • Linda Jeffers says:

      While you were looking at the green marker pen, did you notice that I did a “real” no-no? Flash should be used so that it looks natural. Flash should be hitting the subject (the chair) in the same direction as the outside light (from behind…..because there is only one sun). Well, the sun’s light rays are coming in from the direction right behind the chair and my flash was positioned to my camera left, almost 90 degrees to the sun’s position. So in truth, the front of the chair shouldn’t be lit at all since the back of the chair blocks the outside sun rays from hitting it.

      Or does the lighting look natural? I haven’t any idea at this point. Where are those camera club people? I just know I finished reading a book where they say to watch for opposing unnatural light directions when setting up your flash.

      LR, how come you can’t help me, you know EVERYTHING.

  2. LR says:

    I agree that overlooking the small stuff is easy to do. I was perusing my favorite Zach Arias book on lighting the other night and so many of his comments made sense. 2 of his pertinent points:
    1. if your shot with natural light didn’t work today, look forward to tomorrow for another try!
    2. digital film is so inexpensive that a retake of an inanimate object is no big deal.
    But one of his major points really struck me…..chair photography draws more interest when the chair has an occupant!
    I hope this sheds a little light on the subject.

    • Linda Jeffers says:

      You’re right, next time I’ll sit in the chair.

      Hmmmm. Course that means I’ll have to do my hair, makeup and have nice clothes on. Oh well, anything for a photo and to make my readers happy.

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