Tag: flash

07 Dec

Digital Camera Buying Guide – part 4

Chris Lane / Camera parts, photography / / 5 Comments

Here is the final post on my whitepaper on how to buy a digital camera. You can download the entire compiled whitepaper here. If you have any further questions, post it in the comments below or send me a message.

Part 1 covers:

Point-and-shoot or DSLR? (the basics)
Response Time and Speed

Part 2 covers:

The Sensor & Processor
Manual Options

Part 3 covers:

Size, Shape and Weight

Part 4 (this post) covers:

Memory Cards
Other Options


I tend to ignore the flash that is prebuilt into the camera. All P&S cameras have a built in flash. Not all flash is good though. Most P&S cameras have a fixed flash. In other words, it is close to the lens and points forward and unchangeable. The problem with straight on flash like that is that it is terrible for
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10 Aug

The importance of lighting direction for tone

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

Lighting is really what makes a photograph. And as a subset of lighting in general is directional lighting. The direction your light source comes from makes a big difference, especially in the tone of a photo. So here for you I have a multi-directional example of how light can look. I also did a couple from further and further behind the head to see how the light wraps around to the face.

These are shot with a single strobe in a variety of directions, but a consistent distance from the face. There is also a Canon 580EX II Flash on camera pointed to the side with the catchlight panel pulled out, just to add some sparkle in the reflection of the eyes. And yes, that’s me making faces for the camera. I removed the color just to put more emphasis on how the light itself is working. Below I will go into a little more detail.

Light direction from all angles

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