Hardware Review: Sigma 18-250

Lens reviews are at the heart of any photography-themed blog, and today is the review of the Sigma 18-250…with it’s wide focal range, this is a key lens to have in your bag if you want your SLR to reach it’s best potential.  While Point and Shoot and camera phones may be great for some scenarios, it’s the bigger sensor size of the SLR that will garner you better photos…yet these photos are only as good as the glass they’re captured through!  So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Sigma 18-250! Read more

5 Tips for Shooting Off-Camera Flash, Pt. 5

Flash Direction

The final installment of the shooting off-camera flash series is here!  For a while now, I’ve been posting various tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your minimalist off-camera flash setup.  The equipment is a single flash, a light stand, and an umbrella.  The goal was to come up with 5 tips for how to get the most out of it!  Here’s what we’ve done so far:

1.  Attached the umbrella correctly
2.  Positioned the light as far away from the shoot-through as possible
3.  Added a little extra diffusion from the built in diffuser for your flash
4.  Stabilized the light stand by spreading the base to it’s widest point – adding a possible “4th leg” in the process too! Read more

5 Tips for Shooting Off-Camera Flash, Pt. 4

Good versus bad leg positions

Recently we’ve been talking about wrangling in your off-camera flash.  We’ve gone a little more advanced, and the responses have been quite positive, so if you’ve got some ideas for other advanced topics to cover, be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.  As you may recall, we started with attaching the umbrella correctly to your light stand.  This was followed by a demonstration of what happens to light as you slide the umbrella closer to and further away from your flash.  Then, most recently, we looked at how to really fill out your shoot through with that strobe flash. Read more