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Editors Note: Metering for Correct Exposure | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. Metering for Correct Exposure A correct exposure is determined by a combination of the amount of light reaching the cameras sensor through the lens (aperture) and the length of time the shutter (speed) is left open. This combination will also be effected by the sensitivity of the sensor to light, which we set via the ISO setting on camera. Correct Exposure  This will give detail in the highlights as well as in the shadow areas…

Editors Note: Metering in Camera | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. Metering in Camera On camera metering allows for very quick exposure readings to be taken as the light falling onto the  camera sensor through the lens is measured. Then by adjusting either the ISO, the aperture, the shutter  speed or a combination of any of the three an exposure is set. Although it sounds simple, for accurate readings a little experience will go a long way.  The different metering modes on a camera simply select more or…

On Friday, Sept. 11, Vistek is offering you the opportunity to get an advance look at the new Leica S2 – part of the digital S-System that’s perfect for professional use – BEFORE it officially launches worldwide. With 37.5 million pixels on a 30x45mm surface, the Leica S2 sensor is actually 60% larger than full-frame 35mm – as large as some medium format sensors. And there’s much more. This is a rare opportunity to meet Amy Kosh, Leica S2 product specialist, presenting the new Leica in a special Vistek-only FREE seminar. Spots are limited to 50 seats, so book yours…

Don’t miss out on this one, folks! Looking to brush up on your portrait skills? Join Gary Goldberg at his upcoming Outdoor Portrait Lighting seminar where you’ll be shooting outdoor portraits of a model using a variety of lighting techniques. Taking place Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2pm, this 3 hour adventure in portrait photography will take place on location at the architecturally stunning Toronto Waterworks building (Queen St. East near Victoria Park Ave). You’ll learn: Basic fill flash with on-camera strobes for better results Modifying light with reflectors and diffusers Using a portable battery-powered studio system like the Profoto Acute…

The folks at BlackRapid really have transformed the standard camera strap. The new RS DR-1 Double Strap is this season’s HOT piece of gear that no photographer should be without. Designed by photographers for photographers, this revolutionary must-have allows you to make it through those long shoots with two cameras without having to sacrifice your posture or put up with constant digging into camera bags to switch out your cameras. The DR-1 comes with all of the latest hardware, and everything you need to attach two cameras and start shooting, including the new FastenR-2 and ConnectR-2. The BlackRapid, quite simply,…

Editors Note: Why Shoot RAW? | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. Why Shoot RAW? When you shoot your image, your digital camera needs to store it in a format that a computer program can then read later.  The two main formats are RAW and Jpeg, but the choice has never been an issue for pro photographers unless data storage was a problem. A RAW file is a non-compression format and will give a better quality image once it has been processed through a RAW file converter like Photoshop’s Adobe…

Editors Note: What is Low Key? | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. What is Low Key (Lighting)? If you want an image with impact and with a minimal amount of equipment low key photography is right for you as one light controlled well can result in amazing images and very dramatic results. Key – As grey is referred to as a mid-tone, black is in the lower level of brightness in tone and hence referred to as ‘Low Key’.  Any image that is dark or black, with the…

Editors Note: Using a Grey Card | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. Using a Grey Card Calibration and control are now synonymous words linked to digital photography; colour balance and exposure are both a part of this combination. Key Points Correct colour Set colour Measure Exposure EzyBalance Firstly an EzyBalance Grey Card is perfect if you are looking to have a consistent 18% tone in an image to take an accurate exposure meter reading using the cameras own built in metering system. Secondly the EzyBalance Grey Card is…

Editors Note: What is High Key? | From Lastolite School of Photography was originally written by Mark Cleghorn for www.lastoliteschoolofphotography.com and has been reproduced with permission. What is High Key? The term high key has been hi-jacked by the portrait photographer and often refers to white or light setting, often a roll of white background paper where the overall portrait is white or in a pastel tone, which is complimented with the subjects in similar light clothing. Key – As grey is referred to as a mid-tone, white is in the higher level of brightness and hence referred to as ‘high key’.  Any…

The folks over at Redrock Micro have a continuing piece titled Learn the Difference – an educational & informative piece that highlights the Redrock M2 Cinema Lens Adapter in a creative and artistic light. Veteran television, film and video shooter Larry McKee’s ongoing series provided the inspiration for this piece on Follow Focus. YOU LEAD, I’LL FOLLOW: The art of focus We’ve discussed how selective focus and reduced depth of field can help you tell a story cinematically. By isolating your subject against a background of blur, you guide your viewer to what you want to emphasize. What if your…

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