Photography Tips & Tricks: Photography Tips & Tricks: Flash Zoom Settings and Interacting with Children – Episode 15


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In this week's episode, RC explains the often overlooked feature of flash zoom settings. Plus Matt interviews special guest Tamara Lackey as she gives tips on interacting with children when you take pictures. Also, Joel Grimes explains a trick to adding megapixel resolution to your photos.

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  1. frank says:

    Great show, can you give some tips on shooting when you wear eye-glass.

  2. Keith G says:

    Another helpful show – many thanks

  3. Jeremy says:

    I love the show and enjoy the way that you put a couple of tricks in every episode and that they are normally tips for various levels of photographic expertise.

    I’d love to see an explanation of how the camera manufacturers lines are and what are the advantages of choosing a camera in that line: i.e. Why a Nikon 5200, and not a 3100, or why should I save up to get the D7000 instead of the entry level camera. It would be great to see that comparison for both of the Cannon and Nikon lines.

  4. Jim Wells says:

    Rouge puts out a great product !!!!!!

    Love your show RC

  5. Kevin Parker says:

    Really enjoy the tips on gettign larger files from Jole Grimes. A few images explaining the nodal point impact would have been great as well.

  6. Joel Grimes is my hero.

  7. Greg Heller says:

    Great show as always, hey how about discussing Front and Rear Curtain flash and High Speed Sync and when or why they would be used. Thanks R.C.

  8. Hi Guys
    can we have more tips about architecture photos ?

    thanks, great show as always

  9. yome_v says:

    Another great show again!!! Rogue flash binders from Kelby will be priceless… Thanks again for this great show.

  10. Leonard J. Provenzano says:

    Hi Guys, I finally have light stands and umbrellas and Nikon speedlights. How do I best use these (with CLS)?
    The Rogue flash modifiers look good.
    My only complaint about the show is that it’s over too soon. Keep up the good work.

  11. Guy Baker says:

    Good reminder about the flash zoom. Many thanks. Flash gels next week maybe? Thanks again.

  12. What is the best method for getting proper white balance for a landscape panoramic?

  13. Dave White says:

    RC have you ever heard of time bracketing a photo. Might want to give some tips on it

    Thanks Dave

  14. Florian Cortese says:

    Episode 15: Since I have a Canon 5D Mark III, obviously I’d just love to be the selected one. I just finished watching Tamara’s Family Portrait class on kelbytraining andI highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take portrait type photos. Her tips in this episode are a nice adjunct to that class. How about some more landscape tips in a future episode? Thanks again for all of the resources you provide for all of us photogs who are trying to get better.

  15. John Havord says:

    Very informative show this week. Especially liked the flash zoom explanation.

    Regarding show ideas. How about a segment looking at buying older lenses.

  16. k d says:

    great show as always. Thanx Tamara for your awesome tips with kids.

  17. Eric Boyer says:

    Can’t remember how many times I could not get my flash to zoom before I dicovered the problem. Great tip.

  18. I’m going to see RC tomorrow in Covington KY. :-)
    Flash units have always been a mystery. Thx!

    Flash bender is COOL. Don’t have a Canon.

    Would like to know more about aperture settings form landscape photography. Another mystery.
    Martin in cyberspace and Indiana

  19. Jeff Lazar says:

    Great show RC.. I really appreciated Tamara ‘s tips om shooting kids. Thanks.l

  20. James Sheng says:

    Great info and tips. Thanks!

  21. Shaun S. says:

    Matt is hilarious in not hiding the fact that you tape several tips from one photographer at the same time.

  22. chris says:

    Great show as alway. You guys Rock!

  23. GM Miller says:

    Would you show how to check focus on a lens?

  24. Thank for the information packed show!

  25. Thanks RC for all you do! The shows are great and the tips from all the greatest people are fantastic!!

  26. Great show as usual. Keep up the good work.

  27. Piyush says:

    I love this episode tips and tricks.. It helps me to improve my skills and knowledge and be a better pro photographer.

    Thank you so much

  28. Michael Firman says:

    thanks for the great video guys!!

    what I love about photography tips and tricks is that little details/information that actually important. It can make a difference, so thanks guys..

  29. Lucinda says:

    Good explanation on the gotcha for flash zoom if you use the built in diffuser. Would like to see how to light a large group – with a simple setup.

  30. Erik Fischer says:

    RC great tip about the zoom on the strobe, please keep them coming.

  31. great work!!!

    Joel Grimes tip is fantastic!!!

    best regards,

    Eduardo Loria

  32. Phil Beavis says:

    Great show and more fantastic contest prizes.

    Many thanks Guys.

  33. Phil Beavis says:

    Some great stuff as always & excellent prizes

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers, Phil

  34. Tomislav says:

    Hi guys,
    Great show. I especially liked the tip from Joel Grimes.

  35. Jessel says:

    these quick tips really do make much better sense – something that is quick and easy to experiment with —

    was wondering about DIY styled equipment as opposed to buying them from a retailer

    later days

  36. Nice tips! Good to watch out the attachment being on or not on the speedlite!

  37. John Dabarno says:

    Great tip on the flash and using the zoom RC, I never thought of using the zoom to adust the intensity of the light , thanks.

  38. Alonzo Werner says:

    I enjoyed the variety of topics and Tamara’s tips.
    Can we see some HDR software tips?

  39. David Gibson says:

    Seriously guys…what is a nortal point for my lens? Explain that one for me please

  40. Carl says:

    Thanks RC always love the new websites to look at, they are great for helping me improve my photography and for insperation. headed to Tamara’s and Alexandria’s website now. keep the Tips and Tricks comming.

  41. Larry Travis says:

    Great guests

  42. j.d.hunter says:

    Thanks for the great tips.

  43. Rami says:

    Thanks RC . But i was wondering who won the prizes in the previous episode ?
    Why you don’t just mention his name at the beginning or at the end of the episode ?

  44. John A. Fugel says:

    Great tips on nodal points. I’d like to see detailed info on shooting panos.

    • John Content says:

      Liked the tips on nodal points. I’d examples with different lens with the results. What if we don’t have a slip stick?

  45. jon moeskau says:

    hi from the the new about a show on sunrise pics in the desert.I want to do a pic of the windmills in palm springs area.nd filter to get the spinning blades with the proper exposure of the orange and red colors of the sunrise.just looking for some TRICKS & TIPS.

  46. Rich Stopa says:

    Great show as always flash bender are great

  47. William Chinn says:

    Only understood the Joel Grimes segment at the very end when he put it all together. Up until then I was lost on the hows.

  48. Rusty Parkhurst says:

    Great show. Keep the flash tips coming…I’m still trying to figure this thing out!

  49. Gene Thorpe says:

    I kneed to go Rogue, great wisdom as always, thanks!

  50. Fitz says:

    Great show

  51. Luis Mazier says:

    Great show. Tamara’s discussion on portraits was a good one. I look forward to this show. I like RC, but I am missing Larry and his Cheap shots!! :)

  52. Good tip RC on the zoom feature of your flash. When I first got my Canon 580 II EX I had a hard time adjusting the zoom and finally figured out it was the diffusion panel being pulled out just slightly. 😉

    Look forward to more from both Joel Grimes and Tamara Lackey too (great tips and info).

  53. Harry Conte says:

    Thanks for the flash tips R.C. Enjoyed this show very much.

  54. Karl W Kochman says:

    Make me a winner PLEASE!

  55. Flavio says:

    Thank you RC and crew!
    Tips about lenses and more flash will be really well!

  56. Michael Tobin says:

    Always looking to learn something new

  57. Jay Tayag says:

    Loved the tip from Joel Grimes!

  58. Ira Marder says:

    Thanks for the info about the flash.

  59. Ben says:

    Good show.

    Suggestion: cold weather shooting, tips, precautions

    Question: I don’t see music credits. I see title design, lighting, camera, etc. I’d like to know who does the music. Perhaps a mention/credit ? I’d like to know. It sounds interesting.


  60. Jeff B says:

    Great show, keep it up

  61. Steve Thompson says:

    Good tip from Tamara

  62. Rene says:

    great show

    more tips for flash


  63. Zooming with your flash can also give great effects, maybe you can show us some more about that.

  64. Sharon Chandler says:

    Great job, Tamara!

  65. Jane Hamilton says:

    great tips this week, thanks!

  66. Skip Hamilton says:

    Nice tips for flash.

  67. Ron McGrechan says:

    Great show

  68. Garth Jesperson says:

    Great tip for shooting panos, lov RRS gear. .

  69. Adzhar says:

    Hey, love the show, as someone who’s just starting out with photography, the tips you guys give on the show really helps me a lot. Keep up the good work guys !

  70. RC, thanks for the great flash tips.

  71. Haitham says:

    I have been recently following your tips and tricks and love how it is presented. It will be great to see in the next episode tips and trick on food photography.

  72. Cecil Ramsey says:

    Another great show I wish they were longer.

  73. Good show again, really like your style of bringing a lot of different content in one show.
    Especially like the panoramic tip.

  74. Rick Potts says:

    thanks for the tips and keep them coming.
    perhaps more on working in the field

  75. Andy says:

    Good Show.

  76. Dave Walters says:

    Thanks for another great show. What about something on shooting a time lapse sequence.

  77. Roger says:

    Another great show.

  78. charles says:

    Another great show. Keep it up.

  79. Jim Kilgo says:

    Great Show! Would like to see tips on using PocketWizards with Speedlights.

  80. David says:

    Hey RC and others:
    Thanks for another fine episode.

  81. Rick Potts says:

    Thanks once again

  82. Deneric Hansen says:

    Love the weekly show. I am freshly retired from over 20 years in the military and now looking at growing my wifes passion for photography into a business.

    Keep up the good work of having a wide variety of topics from all the fields of photography. Would love to see a special edition on all the new gadgets and toys from the recent expo shows.

  83. Adi says:

    Hi there! I’ve found you recently and it was love at first sight. Great show and keep up the good work!

  84. Rey Coronado says:

    RC, thanks for the flash photo tip.

  85. Bill Dunshea says:

    Great to have a review on using the zoom on a flash, one of those things that is easily forgotten .

    How about an overview of studio strode’s like Elinchrom.

  86. William Collins says:


  87. Erik Schou says:

    Nice program and bag

  88. Mike Toone says:

    Love the quick tips you guys offer here. Thanks!

  89. Dean Wittle says:

    Great show
    I’d like to know about recommended lenses for portraits

  90. Frazer Li says:

    You guys are doing great. I’d like to learn more how to take photographs in snow or direct sunlight. Thanks

  91. John Botha says:

    Really cool Show Thanks

  92. Diane Schulman says:

    Love the tip that RC gave on the flash! Very helpful explanation!!

  93. Rajender Paul says:

    Great Stuff !!!

  94. Awesome tutorial thanks

  95. Alicia Orth says:

    I’d like to hear more on how Tamara deals with people during a shoot. Particularly, how do you get really shy kids to warm up to you and not hide behind Mom’s skirt?

  96. Gerald says:


    I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you. I got one of Scott’s photography books for Christmas and I am ready it for the second time. I love it. I got this site from his book and this is the first episode that I have watched. I am really looking forward to seeing many more so that I can keep learning. I would eventually like to make a business out of taking pics but realize that I have a lot to learn. I am also watching all I can about Adobe Photoshop. Looking forward to learning a lot more from you guys!


  97. Melissa Grover says:

    Great stuff RC!! Loved this ep, and the great explanation on flash zoom!
    Thanks to everyone making these shows happen ^^

  98. Kelly Ford says:

    I loved the tip by Joel Grimes. I’ve often wanted to get larger images out of my camera and will be looking into that RRS equipment.

  99. Richard Garrow says:

    Thanks again RC your tip on the SB900 really turned the light bulb on thanks.
    I would be interested in water marking my photos from with in LIghtroom or Photoshop. I am sure a lot of folks do and know how to do it but I would love a quick run through..
    Thanks again to Tamara her video is great to anyone looking to shoot family or children it is worth the time to watch got a lot of help from it.
    till next time keep shooting.

  100. Stephen says:

    Like this format – quick, varied and links to more information if I want it.

    More information for those who want to turn pro!

  101. Felix says:

    Nice interview.

  102. Clive davies says:

    Another great show. Nice to see people like Joe Grimes using Canon gear.

    How about something on low light or night photography?

  103. Nii Ayitey says:

    great show by all standards, I never knew what the zoom on the flash really do up til now , great piece of information. Thanks

  104. Kenneth Rank says:

    Great video! I always learn something from your shows.

  105. Ray Tinnin says:

    good show

  106. Dale says:

    Another great video. Keep up the good work.

  107. Lauren says:

    Another nice episode. Could you have a spot where you breakdown what is a good camera for beginners, intermediate and expert users. Im want to get good shots but dont want to buy a camera that has too many features I wont use. Thanks.

  108. Tsuriel Ike says:

    love this show. hope i win

  109. David Pung says:

    Love the tips and tricks from the shows… Keep it up and thank you for the efforts…

  110. Alan Parks says:

    I always learn something new. Thanks

  111. Lim Kwoh Fronn says:

    Totally agree with Tamara that social interaction is as important as photography technical.Photographing a person is not just about the frame ,is also about the person behind it.Rogue stuff are cool.

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  113. Love the flash tips from RC McNally. Let’s do a flash tip each week. I’m a Nikon shooter.

  114. Cathy Hunley says:

    That was a great tip about the flash. Even my SB 600 does that.

  115. Thedigitaldoc says:

    Love the zoom tip!

  116. Dale Willingham says:

    Great show!

  117. Angela Rosa says:

    I’m new to Kelby TV but I really enjoyed this episode. I definitely will be looking at more episodes.

  118. Tim O'Brien says:

    RC, great stuff – love the training on the SB900 – I have that flash and appreciated what you shared about with the zoom – I use my flash a ton – never adjust the zoom – I will now – you have impacted my photography – Thank you!

  119. Betina Jensen says:

    Great to learn about zoom on flash – I’m a total newbie and just got my first speedlite for my Canon 60D. Wish you’d talked a bit about the cropped sensor that a camera like the 60D has – if I zoom to 50 mm on my lens – do I set the flash to 50 mm to or do I need to multiply by 1.6? Things like that would have taken the segment from great to perfect!

  120. bmovegas says:

    Thanks for some great tips and ideas. This was my first viewing, and I will subscribe.

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