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Pixel X800C flash review

On the heels of my great experience with Pixel's Mago speedlite, I was really excited to hear that Pixel was releasing a flash gun with a built-in radio trigger.  I've been testing a couple of these units for the last […]

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Off-camera flash: Introduction to triggers

Q: Are you an "available light photographer?  A: You bet I am -- I use every damned light that's available to me. Next to mastering the exposure triangle, a photographer's first nervous attempts at using a speedlite can be among […]

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Pixel Mago review, part 1

Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a text from DHL -- I've got a new speedlite from Pixel to review!  The Pixel Mago is a really exciting new option for Canon DSLR photographers (I believe they're releasing a […]

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Intro to High-Speed Sync

One of the most mysterious aspects of flash photography for new flash photographers is sync speed and the related concept of high speed sync.  One of the first places you're likely to encounter this is when you start shopping for […]

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Control your lighting for great still lifes

Photography, quite literally, is "painting with light," yet we so often let available light control our photos, rather than the other way around.  This weekend, my Irises bloomed.  First to bloom were the white flowers in the photo above.  I […]

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Portrait crash course

My son's taking a college photography class, and he came home with an assignment to shoot some portraits.  Of course, I wanted to know a bit about the assignment, so I asked a few questions -- how did they explain […]

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Not so very long ago

I don't "set up" a whole lot of shots, but I spent a few minutes on this one, and I thought I'd take the time to write up the lighting setup.  The composition of the shot is pretty simple.  I […]

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Shoot a Silhouette

Silhouette photos can be a great way to handle tough lighting situations.  Whenever you're shooting into a light source, it's tough to expose a subject properly without blowing out the background.  You can try an HDR photo or some fill […]

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