Thursday 1/28 6:30 pm
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Please include which brand of Camera/Flash you use.
Flash photography is all about adding light to your subject. Sometimes the flash is the sole light source, other times it is supplemental light designed to accent the subject. Direct Flash, indirect flash, light modified flash, bounced flash, fill flash, Rear curtain flash, hi speed flash, etc. -- the key to using flash is to learn how to control the light for the effect that you want.
Tom will demonstrate:
- pop-up on camera flash as compared to external shoe mounted flash as compared to off-camera flash.
- a couple of flash brackets
- several flash modifiers (sto-fen, Gary Fong, Apollo softbox, etc.)
- some demonstrate bounced light using basic equipment like paper plates, tablecloths, tshirts, reflectors, etc.
- full flash versus fill flash
- then we will have a model or volunteer from the audience and demonstrate differently light modifiers with Lightroom capture so everyone can see the effects
- and break up into groups, Canon and Nikon (thanks Richard Asarisi!) so participants can practice with their own flashes.
"In general I try very hard to keep the flash off the camera as much as possible. Off camera flash enables me to be creative and the net result is a better quality of light whether I am photographing people, animals, birds or objects. I use mainly ETTL (evaluative through the lens), and sometimes Manual Flash mode. I experiment a lot and like play. I strongly encourage you to practice, play and generally have fun. Look at the world around you and see how light falls off an object and try to duplicate it with a flash. "
Off camera flash is the preferred method of photographing people, animals, etc. However, depending on the situation and subject sometimes Tom bounce the flash off a reflective surface or use a light modifier. Tom try to not use direct flash because the light bounces straight back to the camera creating specular highlights on the subject. The result is the camera’s meter gets confused and may throw off the exposure by several stops. Tom will use a flash bracket, light stand or hand hold; all the while keeping the flash off the camera. "If I have to attach the flash to the camera, I will use a light modifier to soften the light."
The challenge as a photographer is to see the light, learn your equipment, be creative and go have fun!!
some references, books, ebooks and free ebooks......
- Understanding Flash Photography: How to Shoot Great Photographs Using Electronic Flash Bryan Peterson
- The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1C1 Flashes
- Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at the Speed of Light Kindle Edition by Lou Jones