The off camera flash is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in our camera bags. It can serve as our main light source, an accent light, or be used to simply fill in shadow areas of a high contrast scene. Recently I have been experimenting using the flash to illuminate foreground subjects in the landscape. I first came up with the idea when photographing a lava beach in Hawaii.
Someone recently asked for a “super basic lesson on flash” in, as they said, “one or two steps.” When I say flash, I mean supplementary light that is being used when documenting people, places or things as they are presented to you. I am NOT talking about studio work, where you can control the light and the subject. I am talking about when the photographer has to react to the subject and the light as they are given.
Flash modifiers are essential to the kit of many wedding photographers because of the light-harnessing abilities they offer in portable packages. Since each photographer is different and has their own unique style, different items may appeal to different photographers. In this video, I talk a bit about some popular flash modifiers to use at weddings and provide some insights on how to use them creatively. To read more about this, check out this previous blog post.
A few thoughts on shooting in low light situations: To begin with you will need to use a high ISO. Most cameras' lowest ISO is the native (default). This is 100 ISO on Canon and usually 200 on Nikon. You may need to set yours as high as 1600 or 3200 ISO to capture the shot. Do some test shooting before your important shoot.
A light-modification tool works in conjunction with different types of AC flashes. Many professional photographers put the bare tube flash head, or monolight without the reflector, in a lightbank. The quality of light is unparalleled. It mimics window light, so the appearance is extremely natural. Your goal as a still-life photographer is the creation of lighting which never crosses the viewer’s mind as being from an artificial source.
Indoor photography is always challenging. But standing head and shoulders above the rest in difficulty is the challenge of photographing large indoor events well. Rare is the well-lit auditorium, cafeteria or high school gym. Even most college sports venues aren't lit well enough to make life easy. In this article, I'll give you some tips on how to record events indoors effectively, whether they are your kid's sports, a concert, an exhibit or tradeshow that you need to chronicle...
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