Photography Tips & Tricks: Photography Tips & Tricks: Remote Cameras and High-Key Backgrounds – Episode 22


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This week, Scott Kelby shows viewers how easy it is to set up and work with remote cameras. RC has a segment on lens selection and which lenses he recommends for shooting portraits. Special guest Dixie Dixon shares a tip for shooting high-key backgrounds.

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  1. serg says:

    The best way to use a remote camera with the CamRanger device and an Ipad, it’s perfect until 100 feet.
    Hope to see a rewiev sooner

  2. I would like to win the Photoshop Conference Ticket

    I would like to see Lee Filters on lenses

  3. serge says:

    The best way to work with a remote camera it’s to use Camranger and an Ipad , perfect until 100 foot

    hoping to see a review on your site

  4. Ryan says:

    GREAT show!! Wish that it was longer.:)

  5. Steve Thompson says:

    Liked the tip on the vinyl flooring on seamless!

  6. chris says:

    Great Show RC!

  7. George Kwain says:

    If you’re using an APS-C sensor camera, the 50 and 85 act more like the longer portrait lenses Also you can increase the depth of field with the 85 lens by shooting at 2.8

  8. Terry says:

    Thanks for the tips on portraits and the lenses to use.

  9. kris d says:

    great show. I am getting into portraits and this will help immensely. thanx for the tips

  10. Jeff says:

    great info on lens

  11. Love the remote control setup. Not too hard at all. Great prize this week. Winner will be in heaven.

  12. ARKreations says:

    Would like to see some tips on shooting outdoor winter landscapes in cold-weather.

  13. Gene G says:

    Enjoyed the show, great tips

  14. GM Miller says:

    great show !

  15. Marc Schmittbuhl says:

    Great show.
    Would love to go to PSW!

  16. Great stuff RC! Dixie’s tip will sure come in handy doing the high key studio shots.

  17. jock Goodman says:

    I watch every show. On the slim chance that I win a pass, can I use it for Vegas.? I have a savings plan in place to afford that and airfare from Hawaii alone is gonna kill me. Never been able to go, so Sept Vegas, I HOPE to be there. a pass would be AWESOME.

  18. Andrei says:

    Thanks, love my nikon 70-200 VR.

  19. Justin Roush says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a pass to PS World. I have never been before and would love to go.

  20. John Stine says:

    Great show this week as always.

    Would like to see some tips on shooting slow shutter speeds handheld.

    Thanks for all you do!

  21. I always enjoy your show.

  22. Sora says:

    As a starting (pet)photographer I really appreciate your tips, tricks and all the other things Kelby and co is doing. Im trying to soak up as much as I can!
    Do wish you have more tips on animal photography

  23. Mason Dodds says:

    Info on the 85 vs 70-200 yields yet another element in the lens selection process. And here I thought I had it all figured out. Thanks for this, Cheers

  24. Roy Fritz says:

    Always love the show RC. I would like to see more about your gel tutorials with a actual shooting setup. Just a quick shoot using the gels and setting white balance in the camera, take the shot and bam! Or like you mentioned, how to adjust or add more CTO to balance the shot. Or also how to gel and shoot a background color behind a model to get some varying background.
    Maybe just a bit more than kits that you can gel your flash with, lets gel the flash and take a few shots and run thru the settings to get a great shot, or how to take it over to post and balance the temperature.

    Another idea would be to gel a flash and take some interior shots of rooms or architecture.
    The gel information is great, just would like to see some real time examples.

  25. Reto says:

    Hi RC

    Thank you for your weekly great information about photography. The remote session from Scott was great.

    Thank you. Hopefully see you in Orlando

  26. Roy Fritz says:

    Hey RC, great show. I watch them all. would like to enter for the PSW giveaway. I’ll see you in Orlando one way or the other.

  27. Phil Beavis says:

    One of your very best shows this week, love the remote camera insights. Keep up the great work.

  28. Paul Todd says:

    RC one of the best shows yet. So awesome. Would love to see more on Synology, you touched on your system a few weeks back.

  29. Yoshinori Miyazaki says:

    Great show guys! Nice tips Scott!

  30. Charles Lyons says:

    Great tips as always. RC, I shoot with a Nikon D7000, With the 1.5 factor my 70-200mm is a 105-300mm. Would you still rack it out to 200mm(300mm) to shoot a portrait?


  31. Rick DeNatale says:

    Loved the high key tips, would love the PS world pass even more.

  32. Love the remote camera tips by Scott. I would love to see more of what you can do with the pocketwizards.

  33. Jessica says:

    We should all take shots whenever RC says “phenomenal”! Photo or liquor? …hmmm.

    Thanks, RC! The portrait lens comparisons were interesting and helpful.

  34. gwen furey says:

    First time here–great–time just right for busy people–thanks

  35. John Judge says:

    Love the tips. Can I use the pass for Lost Wages?

  36. Harry Conte says:

    Wonderful lens tips and high key information.

  37. William Collins says:

    Great Episode…..especially the lens/portrait section….answered my questions. Thanks for the help….

  38. Jim Quinn says:

    I really enjoyed your comments on the selection of lenses for portraits. Very well done! I also enjoy the versatility of the 70-200 lens.

  39. Lance Huthwaite says:

    I have been shooting my portraits with a Canon 100mm macro on a 7D body and have loved the results. Not quite at RC’s 200 but very sharp and without distortion. Plus it allows my subject to feel more comfortable since the lens is not “right in their face”. Thanks again for a very informative episode.

  40. This was one of your best episodes…loved it. I would love to see in the future maybe a video on wildlife photography…some helpful tips/tricks…thanks! You guys rock!

  41. glen thaxton says:

    Great tips!!!

  42. Kurt says:

    Great show! I was wondering if you could show the difference between a high quality , and a budget uv filter. I’ve heard that the low quality filters can cause the pictures to be blurry.

  43. John Content says:

    loved this episode. I would love to see you choice for printers and papers.

  44. Thank you for the info. Would love to have some coffee or tea!!!

  45. Chris Volf says:

    Thank you for the lens comparison that brings common sense to the selection.

  46. Richard Kuebel says:

    Great tips on the lens selections.

  47. Rick Klingensmith says:

    Another great show, I liked the lens tips the best but all great stuff. I suggest a dive into back button focus both set up and technique.

  48. Lori Rozanski says:

    Love the tips….

  49. thanks for the tip on 50 85 and 200 mm

  50. Loved Scott’s talk on rmotes and nice explain by RC about the portrait lenses.

    Hey RC, what happened to your Sony cameras?
    Would be great to see some tips there, too. They are slowly gaining market share and as you have pointed out, have some great gear coming out.

    PS World not quite in my budget, but would make it happen and make the most of it if I won a pass, for sure!

  51. Patrick Thayer says:

    RC, Great show but we’ll have to take issue with some of your lens comparison conclusions. DOF will be more shallow at f1.4 than at f2.8.. . . duh! The sharpness of the 85mm is considerably better — noticeable on the D800 — i’m sure you probably can’t tell the difference on the older, lesser D4. :)

  52. Great tips in this episode. Thanks!

  53. Ed Fitzgerald says:

    enjoy this show. would like to see quick and dirty how to use fill flash (more about the flash and camera settings). like the hit hard and move on to the next tip of the show.

  54. Adir says:

    love your show

  55. Harjinder Thind says:

    Another great episode….and chance to will PSW ticket….WOW! ….I am in:-)

  56. Love the show! It was great to hear your opinions on different focal lengths for portraiture. I almost always use my 70-200mm because it looks best of the lenses I own. I didn’t really know why, but now I do. Thanks.

  57. Len says:

    Thanks for the tips on portrait lenses. Don’t know if you did landscape lenses yet but that would be good to know too.

  58. Steve U says:

    Great show. Scott should drop by more often.

  59. R C Wisler says:

    Great prize I am in Brandon I could commute

  60. Kevin McGrath says:


  61. Flora says:

    Great lens tips. Great to watch Scott’s tips. It will be great to win my 1st PSW experience.

  62. Luis Mazier says:

    Great show. Thanks for the tips/

  63. Robert C says:

    Great tips on using remotes.

  64. Melissa Grover says:

    Great tips and tricks! Just wish it ran a little longer :-)

    Thank you all!

  65. Javier Aguilar says:

    Hope I win the ticket to go to the conference. Am a big fan of this show and learned a lot from all the tips and tricks ;0) Thanks for making the show. RC, your a great host and very entertaining to watch.

  66. Eric Rogers says:

    Man would winning this ever be great.

    I just upgraded from my Nikon D200 to the D800 and my wif has decided to take photography on with my D200. Thus we are now more of a team then ever.

    Please we are newly weds.


  67. IraE says:

    Excellent tips on the pocket wizard use from Scott. I can hardly wait for your next show.

  68. Ruben Ricardo says:

    Wonderful show as always. I like to get tips on pocket wizards on canon camera (5D Mark III)

    Keep up with the great work.

  69. Dean Wittle says:

    Great tips as always. Really enjoyed the show.-

  70. JJ Adkisson says:

    Great stuff!

  71. For portraits, what do you think about the 105DC? I like the flexibility of the 70-200, but some of the primes are very nice.

  72. Rodney jones says:

    I’d like to find out what pro photographers make as a photographer. and also are there any cheaper wifi equipment for d800?

  73. Hubert says:

    Another great show. Remote triggers was very interesting.

  74. Flavio says:

    This was great! Thanks for the lenses tips!!! More about lenses please!!!

  75. Rich E. says:

    Another great show. I liked the info on lens use for portraits.

  76. I would love a ticket to photoshop world.

  77. Nice discussion on the lenses for portrait! Very into it in the moment!!!

  78. Esteban says:

    Great stuff. As a novice I would love to be able to go to the conference (especially for free). Fingers crossed. Good luck everybody else!

  79. Rich Turner says:

    Really learned a lot with Scott’s description of how to remote cameras. Plus the discussion on lenses for portrait use brought everything in to “focus”! LOL Can’t wait for the next show!!!

  80. Robert Lapena says:

    Maybe next episode you might want to go over lenses for close-ups. Just a suggestion

  81. Haitham says:


  82. Excellent demo on the 50/85/70-200. More comparisons between different focal lengths (primes) would be helpful for those people considering one lens between another but unable to find a way to “see”.

  83. Carl says:

    Super T&T info love the part about the portrait lens, clears up a argument for me :) keep em going Thanks!

  84. Hello RC thanks for all the help when you were in Houston on the soccer photo that was in black and white with only the players color showing keep up show very help ful
    Thank you

  85. Nav Dadighat says:

    Great show guys!

  86. Rick Potts says:

    thanks again for the tips

  87. Nice show as usual, but missing Larry’s Cheap Shots

  88. Jim says:

    Nice lens discussion

  89. James Kellar says:

    I know I’m late with my comment, but here it is.

  90. Leonard Winslow says:

    Enjoyed the show saw you in Richmond on tour. You blew me away. What a great time. Envy you guys. Always wanted to go to photoshop world. Like to see more on sports photography.

  91. d3 gold says:

    you always amazed me… keep up the good work boys…

  92. Ben Setzer says:

    Great show

  93. Atendra says:

    You guys are awesome! I have been looking to develove photography as a hobby and your show really got me going … these trips have improved my skills a lot…
    Please continue the great work.

  94. Amanda Olds says:

    Great show really learning a lot.

  95. I just today discovered Kelby TV.. You have some great tip and great guest.
    I’ve been in business for 4 yrs. and I’m always eager to expand my learning experience; this website is going to be instrumental.

    Thanks so much,
    Dorine Pederzani.

  96. Hans says:

    addictive show! gotta love it!
    keep up the good work RC (and rest of the crew)

  97. Would you go over wide angle lenses. I am leaving for a trip to Rome, Turkey, and Crete, and have a Nikon D600. I want to bring a wide angle lens for indoor shooting, but can’t decide on the correct lens. Do I go with a manual focus vs auto focus? Do I go single number (14mm, 16mm, 20mm), or do I get a zoom wide angle (i.e. the Sigma 12-24mm EX DG IF HSM)? Anything would help. I love the show and can’t wait for the next episode. Thanks!!

  98. Stephanie Ann says:

    Nice tips. I don’t typically shoot high key images but have noticed that a lot of people seem to shoot portraits a little overexposed.

    Thanks for the tips!

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