Archive for May, 2012

Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere: A Review

Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere: A Review

I’ve always liked to keep lighting and lighting accessories as simple as possible. My current small strobe—the Canon 580EX—has a built-in wide angle diffuser AND a built-in bounce card, more than adequate for most situations. But then I was asked to review Gary Fong’s Collapsible Lightsphere. Curious about the device, I said okay…

Photo(s) of the Day—A Tree Frog

Photo(s) of the Day—A Tree Frog

We have tree frogs out in the woods north of Lake Pontchartrain here in south Louisiana. Since I essentially live out in what used to be woods, I have tree frogs around my house…

DSLR Photographers: How to set your camera’s ISO

DSLR Photographers: How to set your camera’s ISO

Picking your ISO – the relative ‘speed’ of your digital captures—can be a source of confusion for beginning photographers, as I was reminded recently by a newbie DSLR shooter. He wanted to know how I go about deciding what ISO to use, and whether I changed it frequently during the course of a shooting session…

Photographic cropping and composition

Photographic cropping and composition

Composition is something we do on-the-fly, in-camera, as we photograph; cropping refers to after-the-fact decisions we make during the editing process. Here are some thoughts about both of these essential skills and how they impact your photography…

Creative Focus in Your Photography

Creative Focus in Your Photography

When you think about what’s in focus and how to get it there, don’t think just about aperture and depth of field. Another factor that’s involved is focus plane, the subject of our post today.