August saw two very different articles of mine published on Digital Photography School. One is a tutorial on how to better capture portraits that portray some sort of emotion. The other is a review of a 16 stop neutral density filter from Formatt-Hitech. 

Firecrest 77mm 16-Stop Stackable Neutral Density Filter Review

16 stops of Nd filter allows you to create long exposures in the middle of the day for interesting effects.

What do you do with a filter that is so dark that you can’t see through it even if you shine a direct light through it? Long exposures; very long exposures in fact. This filter from Formatt-Hitech is a screw-in type ND filter that allows you to take extremely long exposures in the middle of the day. With this filter attached to your lens, the Sunny 16 rule (which is f/16 at 1/125th of a second at ISO 100) would turn into an exposure time of 8 minutes and 44 seconds.

I put this filter through its paces for this review, and I have to say that it performs well. Read the full review on dPs to get into all the details. 

10 Tips to Create Emotive Portraits

Getting authentic reactions from your portrait subjects is an essential skill if you want to create imagery with the widest appeal.

One of my absolute favourite things to do in a portrait session is to get as wide a range of expressions as possible. Expressions are vital (in my mind) to show the character of the person in the photograph. It doesn’t matter whether we are talking about a smile or a scowl, all expressions are equally important. This article outlines 10 tips to help you get the very best from each of your subjects so that you can get some of the best expressions possible. 

Until next month

That’s it for August. Next month will involve the multiple exposure feature in your camera. Until then, I hope you enjoyed these articles. See you soon.