John Deerfield

John Deerfield

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Joined on May 7, 2010

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  • Take some classes. Read some books. To put you on the right path, please understand that your camera (any camera) is simply a tool used to record an exposure: a camera records lights. Period. So ...
  • You need to buy and read the book "Light: the Science and Magic". This will be the last time I say it. But as another posted, it's about angles. Imagine shooting a flash straight into a mirror: ...
  • I consider this a workflow question. And if you ask 10 different people what there workflow is, you will get, at least, 10 different answers. For myself, I never use red eye reduction. Red eye is ...
  • Yes... increasing the size of your light source gives you a softer light. The "cone" or degree of coverage of your light source does not have a huge impact on the quality of your light. I suppose ...
  • None. If your light sucks your light sucks. The only gear that will improve that is lighting gear. The principle characteristics of light are: quality, direction, color, intensity and contrast. ...
  • You want to learn lighting, read the book "Light: the Science and Magic" and consume anything you can find on Dean Collins (I think someone provided a link earlier, otherwise just google Dean ...
  • I think we need some definitions here. First, soft light means that the edge transitions are gradual. So the transition from the highlight to the true tone is gradual, from the true tone to the ...
  • Did you read my reply in your posing book thread? You need to understand perspective. And then you shoot at whatever height you desire to achieve that perspective. It might be shot low, waist, eye ...
  • Why do you use the word invest? If you are expecting a return, then it is the knowledge of how to use a particular tool which gives you a return on investment. Not the tool itself. Just because I ...
  • Replied in Backdrop color
    Why not email the seller and ask for the weight? I don't know, what color do you want? If you can control the distances and have knowledge of lighting, then a white backdrop can be any "color" you ...
  • Others are going to chime in with advice on what to buy and why. I am going to suggest that before spending lots of money that you buy and read this: http://www.amazon.com/Light-Science-Magic-Intro ...
  • You can't claim that "quality of photo" is very important and then be unwilling to learn how to take a quality (camera in auto) photograph. So the first thing to do is establish your expectations. ...
  • In order of importance: 1. Your knowledge. This point trumps all others. As example, if I hand the same exact camera & lens to 10 different people and ask them to take a picture of the same ...
  • Lots of advice. As mentioned, that lens adapter isn't doing you any favors, but more importantly, you don't have the knowledge to produce the shot(s) you want (linked to). For an idea of what I ...
  • I don't know as it's "missing" anything. It is a fine natural light shot. I would even say it's great recognition of the light you want to shoot in (great catchlights). For my tastes... I don't ...
  • What really helped me was just simply taking to heart perspective: whatever is closer to the lens appears larger, further from the lens appears smaller. And to consider that we are talking about ...
  • In Canon's line up, there is the 430EX II & the 600EX-RT . You can save money buying third party flashes but I have never been a fan. Remember, your camera is a tool used to record light. A good ...
  • http://www.amazon.com/Captured-Light-Essential-Extraordinary-Photography/dp/0321646878
  • Replied in Mistake...
    No. Not so long as we are talking about anything that breathes. There are two types of motion. Your motion when holding the camera. Take a piece of paper and hold your arm straight out with the ...
  • Well, the 270 isn't exactly the flash I would have in mind when I want more control over the lighting. The 4 basic characteristics of light are: quality, direction, color, and intensity. It is dire ...
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