Take better pictures with flash photography
10 Flash
Photography
Tips
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Tip 1: Why Flash? - Hard Light vs. Soft Light 01
Benefit of Using Flash
Flash, used correctly, helps smooth out
the transi...
Tip 2: Flash Sync Speed 02
Beware of Shutter Speed
Observe the 1/250th of a second (for most
cameras) limit for how fast y...
03
Constant Lights
Working with constant lights
allows you to see what the
lighting looks like as you move
the light, so y...
Tip 4: Batteries for Speedlight 04
Types of Batteries
When looking for AA batteries for your
speedlight, keep the followin...
Tip 5: Avoiding Disaster 05
Battery Door Warning
Something not commonly mentioned
with speedlights is the battery door. Th...
06
Strobist Kit
Softbox, non-destructive mounting
tape, and gels make this a great kit.
80-20
80% of the light bounces off...
Creative Effects
Match the ambient light
07
Add Color
Tip 7: Don’t Forget About Flash Gels
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08
• Stay within 2-12 feet
• Use Flash Compensation
• Avoid windows and mirrors
• Diffuse the light
Tip 8: Pop-Up Flash
CO...
09
Say No to Dull Indoor Backgrounds
Sometimes when you are really distance
from a background, especially indoors,
your ba...
10
Twist Your Speedlight
When shooting in vertical orientation,
don’t forget to swivel the head and look
for walls to boun...
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10 Flash Photography Tips

  1. 1. Take better pictures with flash photography 10 Flash Photography Tips CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Tip 1: Why Flash? - Hard Light vs. Soft Light 01 Benefit of Using Flash Flash, used correctly, helps smooth out the transition from highlights to shadows creating a more pleasing photo. CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved. img credit: improvephotography.com
  3. 3. Tip 2: Flash Sync Speed 02 Beware of Shutter Speed Observe the 1/250th of a second (for most cameras) limit for how fast your shutter speed can be when using flash with it otherwise you might get black bars as seen in the photo to the right. CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved. img credit: photography.tutsplus.com
  4. 4. 03 Constant Lights Working with constant lights allows you to see what the lighting looks like as you move the light, so you know exactly what you are getting when you take a picture. Studio Strobes Studio strobes plug into a wall so they recycle very quickly and are generally more powerful than camera flashes such as speedlights. They are also made to have softboxes attached. Speedlights Speedlights are very portable, run off of AA batteries, can be placed in the hotshot or used off camera, and are an effective light source. Tip 3: Constant vs. Strobes vs. Speedlights CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. Tip 4: Batteries for Speedlight 04 Types of Batteries When looking for AA batteries for your speedlight, keep the following in mind: In order of recycling speed: • Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) • Alkaline-manganese • Lithium In order of number of flashes: • Lithium • Alkaline-manganese • Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. Tip 5: Avoiding Disaster 05 Battery Door Warning Something not commonly mentioned with speedlights is the battery door. The battery covers are typically tensioned with a spring and if your battery door should break on a shoot, you cannot tape it to fix it. Be careful when replacing batteries. CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. 06 Strobist Kit Softbox, non-destructive mounting tape, and gels make this a great kit. 80-20 80% of the light bounces off the ceiling and 20% fills to prevent racoon eyes. Pocket Bouncer Great way to diffuse flash outdoors. Tip 6: Diffuse Your Flash CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved. Bouncing flash off of the ceiling is a great way to diffuse the light, but these LumiQuest diffusers make a world of difference quite inexpensively.
  8. 8. Creative Effects Match the ambient light 07 Add Color Tip 7: Don’t Forget About Flash Gels CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. 08 • Stay within 2-12 feet • Use Flash Compensation • Avoid windows and mirrors • Diffuse the light Tip 8: Pop-Up Flash CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. 09 Say No to Dull Indoor Backgrounds Sometimes when you are really distance from a background, especially indoors, your background can end up looking really dull compared to the flashed foreground. Decrease the contrast by raising your ISO. CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved. Tip 9: Indoor ISO Hacking
  11. 11. 10 Twist Your Speedlight When shooting in vertical orientation, don’t forget to swivel the head and look for walls to bounce it off of. If you don’t have a wall, bring along a piece of foam core poster board to always have a portable wall. CONTACT US PhotographyUnlocked.com © 2014 PhotographyUnlocked.com - All Rights Reserved. Tip 10: Don’t Forget to Swivel
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