5 great websites for learning about photography

1. Strobist blogspot.

This blog is often credited with sparking the massive trend in off camera flash that we have seen over the last few years.It is an amazing resource of idea's, tips, techniques, reviews and industry news. The focus is primarily off camera flash and lighting techniques but also covers a plethora of other interesting and relevant topics.

2. Fstoppers

A fairly new blog covering a wide range of behind the scenes video's from a vast array of photographers around the globe.

3. Adobe TV

Loads of 'how to' video's covering all the adobe software packages.

4. Luminous landscape

In-depth articles and tutorials on pretty much all aspects of photography. I particularly enjoyed the 'understanding series' which covers everything from exposure to raw files with such depth and clarity that even if you feel like you know about a certain subject, you are likely to understand it a great deal better after reading.

5. Photography on the net - canon digital photography forum

This is a great forum covering so many aspects of photography many of which are not actually Canon specific.

Enjoy ;)

Lighting set-up #1 Cross lighting

 This is one of my favorite lighting setups and it's really pretty easy to do.As you can see from the diagram bellow, its a three light setup. My key light was a 250w hot light through a white umbrella, placed with the light just above head height and aimed down slightly so that the central pole pointed to the models nose. This gives a nice soft wrap of light with those great catch lights in the eyes.

250w hot light v's 200w/s D lite it 2 studio strobe

I've been using 250w photoflex hotlights for the last few years for my studio fashion and portraiture work. Just recently I decided to upgrade my lighting and plunge into the world of studio strobes, my weapon of choice? - the 200w/s D lite it 2 from Elinchrom.

In this article I 'm going to explore the differences between the two and answer some of the questions I had when looking to buy studio lights.