I was nervous as hell because it was one of my very first photos. Back in 2006 I had just started with photography. Even though I used a simple one light setup I was not in full control. The studio flash in the strip light was too bright and instead of bringing it down to a quarter power, I actually closed down my aperture to f/20. The spectacular woman posing in front of my camera was Miss Universe Shape. Lyen Wong must have noticed that I was way out of my comfort zone. But then again, it was nothing new for her to see me struggling. She had been my fitness coach for quite some time and in the gym she had forced me again and again to do exercises that my body was simply not made for.
Camera in hand I concentrated on one single basic thing: no blown out highlights. Or as I would have said in 2006: No blinking pixels on my LCD. Arriving there by stopping down instead of lowering the flash power was probably unprofessional but it was good enough. I just focused on the basics instead of trying to do everything perfect, which by that time would have been impossible for me anyway. As a result, I made a couple of photos that Lyen and myself really liked.
In the early days I learned lighting from the awesome Ed Verosky. He’s always making things simple. Again and again he is hammering home basics. It’s great if you know a bunch of nice photo tricks, but by the end of the day it’s about being on top of the basics. If you have ANY gaps in your photography basics, anything from DSLR Shooting Modes to Exposure Adjustments with EC and FEC, then treat yourself with Ed’s latest blogpost. He is covering all the basics. Completely. I still can’t believe that this is just a blogpost - totally free and no opt-in required. Enjoy!
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