johngineer wrote:Strobist is interesting, and he does a lot of neat stuff using just shoe flash. Unfortunately, most of the stuff he does isn't practical for people who only have a point and shoot camera, though it's useful for learning about the nature of light. I'm probably going to focus more on consumer-level equipment and how to use it.
The blog actually covers a LOT of other lighting techniques. It definitely started with small off camera flashes, but he has also covered lightboxes/softboxes, dealing with reflective surfaces, using ambient and natural light sources, and a hundred other topics. It's definitely worth reading.
johngineer wrote:One thing I've noticed (particularly back when I used to be in camera sales) is that once you explain to folks how to use the camera, their pictures get a LOT better. This seems completely intuitive, but most people just think "a camera is a camera" and it's going to do auto-everything and you don't have to adjust it. The truth is there are lots of little things you can change, depending on what you're shooting, that can make a huge difference in the output. I'm hoping to discuss this stuff generally (since regardless of make most cameras have the same controls), to help shed some light (photographer joke, sorry) on the subject.
I'm definitely looking forward to your posts. There's always tips and tricks you can learn.