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Daily Archives: November 1, 2011

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

Wonderful wildlife pictures here

Mammals category, winner: Lords of the Arctic by Florian Schulz. (Three bull muskox heading towards the setting sun during a blizzard in north-western Alaska) Photograph: Florian Schulz/GDT
Mammals category, runner-up: Sleeping Whales by Magnus Lundgren Photograph: Magnus Lundgren /GDT

Lewis Whyld: One photographer’s baptism of fire

On the BBC there is a fascinating insight into being a photo journalist and working in extremely dangerous conditions. These are during the London riots in Tottenham earlier in the summer. Lewis Whyld‘s images are very powerful and the short slide show with Wyld’s comments worth every second of the 3 minutes it will take to watch, go here for the slide show

All photographs copyright Lewis Whyld/Press Association. Interview by Miles Warde, slideshow production by Phil Coomes.



Off Camera Flash – the answer

Odin makes lighting with Canon speedlites simple and reliable this blog site by Michael Zelbel has some answers.

“If you followed my photography tutorials for a while, then you know that I like to use TTL and that quite often I setup Canon ETTL lighting setups with the typical A:B lighting ratios. But now I got something better and I am just about to share it with you in a video.

My new radio flash trigger “Odin” allows me to use my Canon flashes together with my Canon camera in a much more simple, intuitive and reliable way than the Canon trigger or the master flash would do.

In many ways it’s similar to Nikon iTTL. So if in future videos I show you lighting setup which look like they are made with a Nikon system, then you know what’s going on.” If this is a subject area you are interested in go here and watch Michael’s video, most instructive

Here are some more links about the Phottix Odin



where to buy http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Dzone2-Digital-Shop/Phottix-/_i.html?_fsub=437716719

Simple Headshot: Two Lights and a Backdrop

“In areas with high concentrations of actors, dancers, and other performers, headshots are the bread and butter for many photographers.  You can easily create a professional-looking studio portrait like the one shown here with minimal lighting.  For this quick example, I placed a Canon 580 EX II on a stand high and to the camera-left rear of the subject, zoomed at 105mm and aimed down directly at her head.  The flash’s power was set to 1/32.”...more  from Ed Verosky at About Photography