Your setting up your new strobes for your first family portrait, everything is just about ready, when you feel a tug at your foot and turn around to find your brand new strobe falling to the floor and busting into a thousands tiny pieces. This scenario is repeated more often that you think. With the cost of remote triggers being so high most amateur photographers opt to use the wires that are included with most strobes as the activation source for their images. The problem is that these cords are everywhere when your done setting up, even if only for a couple of strobes. This tripping hazard is not only bad for your equipment, it could also get someone hurt in the process. Check out the remote triggers I found here to see if they can eliminate at least half the cords your going to have to use from now on.
Cowboystudio Radio Remote Trigger for Studio Strobe
QUICK TIP #1
If you look on the top right on the back of your camera you will probably notice two buttons that have a plus (+) or minus (-) symbol next to them. Though used for a lot of different functions on many different cameras a primary function is Review image Zoom. Have you ever taken a picture and knew for sure you got the shot? Then opened it in Photoshop at home to find the focus off? Using the Review Zoom buttons could have saved you that anguish.
QUICK TIP #2
Your AE our maybe AEL is your Auto Exposure Lock button. This button locks in your Auto Exposure and White balance settings when you take a shot. Where this is very handy is if your camera keeps focusing on an object off to the side of your subject and you want it changed. You can aim your camera, and maybe zoom in a little, at the object you want to focus on, depress the shutter button halfway to let auto-focus do its job. Press and hold the AE button, then re-compose back to your original position and press the shutter button. Wallah, focus control.
Sometimes we don’t have time to read an entire tutorial or even browse through one to find the short answer. With this in mind we have created a quick tips section that is designed to give a basic summary of what a full tutorial would offer. This should prove helpful for someone who has already taken the time to read a full blown tutorial on say the rule of thirds and just wants a quick refresher before they go shoot a family wedding or baby shower. We will continually be adding tot he section so check back often.
I am going to start a new series of articles that focuses around accessories you can pick up for your camera for somewhere around the dollar price point. Many of the items are will actually be under a dollar, but I didn’t want to limit it to just under that amount. Mainly because there are a lot of items out there for just over a dollar that are a pretty good deal too. I will be adding items to them as they arrive and I get a chance to test them out properly. So if your interested in saving a bit of money, or just getting new stuff for your camera for cheap, then check out the new section / category called “DSLR Dollar Daze”.
DSLR Dollar Daze!
DSLR Dollar Daze