Posted July 5, 2012 by Gavin Hoey in Videos

Take + Make ~ Episode 1

I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome you to my new series of videos for Adorama TV. The name Take and make great photos should give you a clue as to what I’ll be doing in these tutorials. For me the photography doesn’t stop once I’ve taken the photo and I wanted to show that in the videos, so the Take + Make series will feature both photography and Photoshop.

We’re kicking off with a simple but powerful off camera flash technique. In this case I’m using just a single speedlight to over power the ambient to create the hard, edgy portrait you see in the photo to the right. Then it’s into Photoshop for a bit of RAW processing  to achieve the end result.


Equipment used in the video:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-105mm L f/4 IS
BlackRapid RS-7 camera strap
Canon 580 EX ii
Canon ST-E2
Photoshop CS6

By using a dedicated flash trigger I could maintain TTL communication between the camera and the flash. That means no flash meters and no cap on the maximum shutter speed I could use.

Many camera’s have the the technology to remote fire a flash built right in. For example, Nikon users have CLS for off camera flash and on cameras like the Canon 7D and 60D the popup flash has the same ability as the ST-E” remote I used,

Gavin Hoey