Canon 5D s-r

Canon 5D s-r

The Canon 5D s-r camera body has just been released.    Apparently, the end of August is when June rolls around in Tokyo–the camera appears in the USA almost 3 months later than the “release date” that was promoted.   Many are still waiting to get...
Useful Filters

Useful Filters

Though it is true that there are many adjustments possible in Photoshop or even with the photo editor on a phone, it is still useful to employ filters on the camera to achieve your best results.  The first filter I’ll mention is the basic UV filter or protection...
Tilt Shift:  Shift function

Tilt Shift: Shift function

Most people have never seen a tilt shift lens or even heard of one.  It looks like a pretty normal lens most of the time, so even if  you see one it might not register as unique.  However, it is unique in 2 ways:  It can tilt and it can shift. The shift function means...
Gels in Portraits

Gels in Portraits

Gels are simply colored translucent plastic sheets that can be placed over lights to give color to the shot.  They are available in many colors. In the shot above, I used a teal gel behind the model and an orange gel in front, and accentuated the effect by using fog...
The Tripod Choice

The Tripod Choice

When you see a camera on a tripod at the Grand Canyon (or anywhere else), do you think to yourself,”What a nerd.  That’s useless” ?  Or perhaps just “Why bother?” Those of us using tripods really do not have in mind using them as free...
The Beauty Dish

The Beauty Dish

The Beauty Dish is a very special light modifier, and my favorite key light (the main light) for portraits.   It is a rigid, concave disc that has a reflector in the center.  The interior surface is white or silver.  I prefer white.  That center reflector sends the...