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Lighting102 | 1.2

The background (a household door) is approximately 3′ behind the Liatris. The camera is positioned approximately 3′ in front of the Liatris.
ISO 200; Exposure: 30.0 sec. at f/22
Flash is approximately 4′, 8′, 10′, 2′ and 15′ in front of the Liatris and to the right.

The camera never moved. I moved, holding the flash at varying distances. I don’t know why the last one came out so blurry.

Ok. I went back and read through the posts over on Strobist and If I’m understanding correctly this is what I have concluded from mtreinik’s explanation. First, let’s pretend the first shot was nailed. In actuality it’s over exposed. However if we pretend I nailed that shot and had the correct aperture of f/22 at a distance of 4′ and I now want to move to 8′ then the math is (22*4)/8 or f/11. That’s the f-stop I should have used in the second shot. Then from the second to third the math is (11*8)/10= 8.8 or f/8. From the third to fourth the math is (8*10)/12=6.6 or f/6.3. Finally the transition from the fourth photo to the fifth results in the following math: (6.3*12)/15=5.04 or f/5.6.

The greater the distance between the flash and the object, the larger the aperture. I’m going to try this again with different f-stops and see how the results vary.


Six Figure Photography has a good article out on marketing right now. It’s called, 200 People Who Want to Help You Build Your Business Now. This is an area I’m trying to focus more on. It’s one thing to have talent or skills and do good work, but if no one knows or ever sees your work, then you’re not likely to ever make enough money to survive on your talent or skills.

In this article Mike says there are basically three questions you need to ask yourself (and answer) before you get new clients:

  1. What is your specialty as a photographer?
  2. Why would someone hire you over someone else  with the same or similar specialty?
  3. What’s the best way to get the message out  about you to all your potential clients?

Check out the article (and it’s comments) to learn more.

Good things abound on the great World Wide Web.

  1. Our favorite photography comic strip What The Duck is going to be syndicated soon. Read all about it in the Syndicate Bingo section of What The Duck. How long did it take from submission to offer? According to Aaron: “179 days or; 5 months, 28 days; or 25 weeks (rounded).” Congratulations Aaron.
  2. David, over on Strobist has made a huge decision to take a year leave absence from the Baltimore Sun in order to spend more time with his family. That’s good for his family and good for Strobist followers. According to today’s post, he’s already got some great ideas lined up for Strobist:
    • I’ll be able to travel (i.e. more seminars) without burning up my vacation time. I am working on a long list of cities right now.
    • The website will be getting more thought, planning and focus.
    • I’ll have time to do more ambitious projects. Next month, for instance, I’ll be filming a full lighting course on DVD. I hope to have it available in October.

    Best Wishes David.

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It’s finally here! Go here to download the first update to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

The update includes flexible image management for multi-computer workflows, improved noise reduction and sharpening technology, Windows Vista™ compatibility, and more. (via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom)

Photoshop services has highlighted some of the updates–BEWARE, there are LOTS! Oh, boy!


The next assignment for Lighting 102 got posted yesterday. I finally finished assignment 1 on position.

My biggest challenge so far is adjusting to the new Vivitar 285 HV flash. It seems to me it’s quite a bit brighter than my Canon 580EX flash.

I didn’t have much trouble hooking up the Vivitar. One of the first things I learned is that the mode selector dial on the front of the flash must be set to “M” (manual) in order to work off camera. The Paramount 15ft. Hot Shoe to household Male cord and the Wein HSH Hotshoe to household adapter sent by Midwest Photo Exchange worked perfectly in hooking up the flash to my Canon Digital Rebel XT.

My first couple of attempts at completing Lesson 1.1 resulted in nothing but a bright flash of light. My God that flash is bright. So I played with my f-stop and eventually got some decent shots with it all the way up to f/32. This still seemed bright so I got the idea to insert that little wide angle lens card that came with the flash. Even though this lesson does not include diffusers, I had to do something to ease off some of that intensity. The wide angle lens card served to spread the light. Finally, after a few more shots, I moved the Zoom/Bounce flash head out and that, combined with the other things, finally got a handle on all of that bright light.

Yes, it should have been elementary, but just figuring out the new hardware is creating a learning curve for me. Now it’s on to lesson 2.


Wow. What a wacky but great idea. If you haven’t already seen this article, you must go there now. June, from Tokyo, has simplified taking the flash off of the camera and out into the field. She’s mounted a flash and an umbrella on top of a helmet. This is such a great idea, I’ll bet we see something like this over at B&H before long. (via DIY Photography)


I’ve had this little problem.

Over on PhotoBiz where I have my business website, I have a pixel standard that my images must be set to in order to load properly. The Welcome page for example loads photos 850×490 pixels. I tried to work with this by converting just the width when I go into Photoshop and “Save For The Web.” Often times this means the length comes out a little longer than 490 pixels but I figured PhotoBiz would resize appropriately. Well, it doesn’t. What happens is I get a photo uploaded that is not 850 wide but smaller.

So I figured I’d crop my original photo in Photoshop and then save for the web in exactly the 850×490 pixels before going to PhotoBiz. The problem is I need to know the dimensions of the photo in inches or centimeters in order to crop in Photoshop. That’s where this cool little conversion site comes in–Pixels to Inches (or Centimeters) Conversion. You simply put in the pixel dimensions, set the resolution (I use 72 for any web page), and voila it gives you the dimensions in inches. In this case: 11.81 x 6.81. Now set with the dimensions I can go back to Photoshop and crop to exactly an 850×490 pixel dimension.


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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn