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If we didn’t tell you so, most folks would think that the photo above was shot with ambient natural lighting. And most of those folks would be dead wrong. We did it by using a TTL flash with a large Rogue Flashbender. Considering the miniscule size of the flower, the light from the large panel provides some very soft lighting when the according shutter speed is used to mix in enough ambient lighting.
To refresh, when it comes to shooting with a flash, your shutter speed lets in the ambient lighting while your aperture controls the amount of light that hits the subject from the flash. And in a situation when you’re working with lots of ambient lighting and you just want to add some fill light, you should use TTL flash lighting to blend effectively with natural light.
TTL lighting is so effective because it works with the camera’s metering to provide an even exposure to the scene. If you were working with the light manually, then it would require some extra steps and may probably not even give you anything near the results you were looking for. But when blending TTL lighting with your camera’s metering, all you have to do is tell it to go brighter or darker accordingly. Of course, we also recommend using a large light modifier in relation to your subject.
If you want to do this with manual metering, it requires you to take an ambient light reading, then a flash light reading, and then somehow or another figure out a happy medium depending on what kind of look you’re going for. And again, that depends on your own creative vision.
We’ve had some heated debates recently on the site’s Facebook page when it comes to 85mm vs 50mm lenses. We tested it out ourselves a very long time ago, but recently another posting made readers wonder about it more themselves. To figure out which lens can render a better image when it comes to portraits, we tested two lenses from the same manufacturer to put an end to the debate once and for all.
So the real question is: Which lens is better for portraits? The 85mm vs 50mm Lens?
Editor’s Note: this is a formal comparison test not done in a lab, but instead in a real life situation. Real life situations simulate shooting subjects and not test charts. Frankly, if you’re purchasing a lens just to shoot charts all day you need to open a gallery of your test chart images and see someone’s reaction to them.
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Voigtländer has announced a new Nokton 10.5mm f0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. In terms of full frame equivalency the lens offers a nice and wide 21mm equivalent focal length. What’s more–users will be able to get up close with their subject at 17-centimeters (about 6-inches) taking full advantage of all the bokeh that f0.95 lens creates; though we’re still sure that it won’t be very much.
ePhotoZine got a chance to play with the lens and it was thoroughly impressed with the lens’ sharpness and straight lines despite being a wide-angle prime. With the lens being made up of 13 elements in 10 groups, there are undoubtedly more than a few aspherical lenses to help reduce distortion.
The lens is reportedly due to be released sometime in 2015, however, Voigtländer has yet to announce a price. We can’t wait to get this lens in for a full review and until then check past the break for more specs on the Voigtländer Nokton 10.5mm f0.95.
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Years ago when the idea of mirrorless cameras and systems was pitched, the premise behind it all was that overall it would create a lighter and smaller kit. And for the most part, manufacturers have stuck to that statement. But at certain times, they really don’t seem to be sticking to it. This concern comes up now more than ever considering that Sony has a full frame mirrorless camera system.
Photographer Tom Northencold wrote a piece recently about why he’s sticking to Micro Four Thirds. The answer: the weight differences vs his Nikon system.
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