Digital Photography Techniques


Using a Flash Diffusion Dome

The other day, a photographer asked me when they should use the plastic dome on their speedlight. They said a professional wedding photographer told them to get one to soften the shadows in their portraits. I asked where the professional told them to use it and they said outdoors. It is a common fallacy that domes can be used to soften light from a flash outdoors. I do a lot of work in Balboa Park and I often see professional photographers using a diffusion dome on their flash in open conditions.

Why the Sunny 16 Rule is still relevant

The Sunny 16 Rule allows you to set correct daylight exposures without the aid of a light meter. It uses a combination of observation and calculation to set the aperture and shutter speed. But why, when all modern digital cameras have an internal light meter and modes that set shutter speeds or apertures automatically, would I bother to estimate exposures for myself?

How to control depth-of-field in a DSLR

What is depth-of-field?

Depth- of-field can be described as the part of the photograph in front and behind the subject that also appears to be in focus. I use the term “appears”, because only one part of the picture can be truly in focus, but in some photographs the out-of-focus portion is almost as sharp as the rest of the picture.

We like to use a shallow depth-of-field when we want to concentrate the viewer’s attention on the subject. Shallow depth-of-field makes the subject pop out of the blurred background and the background seems more uncluttered when we can’t distinguish detail.

10 Tips For Beach Photography

beach umbrella and surfboardsIf you live in San Diego and you’re a photographer, it won’t be long before someone asks you to take their picture at the beach. San Diego offers great opportunities for beach portraiture. Some photographers make their living from photographing families, kids, and couples on the rocky shorelines of La Jolla Cove and Wind-and-Sea Beach, or the open sands of Coronado or Torrey Pines State Beach. With seventy miles of coastline, San Diego County has lots of beaches to choose from.

I run photography workshops on some of San Diego’s beaches for enthusiasts of digital photography. It is a fun place to be and a fun place to do photography. In this short article, I would like to share some tips on successful beach photography.

Tips for Wedding and Group Photography

So, you’ve managed to get yourself hooked into photographing a wedding. If you can’t feign illness, get yourself imprisoned, or skip out of the country, it looks like you are going to have to do it! Fear not, because although weddings are hard work and stressful to photograph, with a little planning and following a few simple rules, I’m sure it will be a success. I wrote this article for two of my photography workshop attendees who had agreed to shoot a wedding for a friend. It contains the advice I gave them. Please feel free to add your own tips in the comments section.