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Photo Assignment: Off-Camera Flash

Using two flashes on light stands to eliminate reflections


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Photo Assignment: Off-Camera Flash

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Video: Using two flashes on light stands to eliminate reflections

So, so far, dealing with off- camera flash, we've mainly been shooting people, and that's great. But I have a bonus tip for you that I think you are going to like. We are going to shoot glass and not get reflection. Okay, now before I show you how to do that, let me show you the way that we've have done it before that's probably made you as crazy as it has me, and that is where you put the flash right here on our camera, and you take a picture, and you get reflection. So let's do it.

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Photo Assignment: Off-Camera Flash
49m 48s Intermediate Jul 08, 2010

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In this installment of our popular Photo Assignment series, Derrick Story shows how to get professional lighting results by using just one or two strobes that are detached from the camera and triggered remotely by Canon or Nikon digital SLRs. Photo Assignment: Off-Camera Flash covers how to improve the appearance of photos taken indoors, and reduce the appearance of harsh shadows, and get soft, beautiful light that flatters any subject. Along the way, learn lighting fundamentals and how to assemble a kit of equipment essential to any digital photographer who shoots portraits.

Topics include:
  • Comparing off-camera flash to on-camera flash
  • Getting started with equipment
  • Triggering a remote flash
  • Shooting with off-camera lighting
  • Balancing the output from multiple flashes
  • Simplifying exposure with Canon and Nikon flash systems
  • Viewing the results from a shoot
  • Sharing favorite shots on Flickr
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Photography Cameras + Gear Flash Photography Lighting
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Derrick Story

Using two flashes on light stands to eliminate reflections

So, so far, dealing with off- camera flash, we've mainly been shooting people, and that's great. But I have a bonus tip for you that I think you are going to like. We are going to shoot glass and not get reflection. Okay, now before I show you how to do that, let me show you the way that we've have done it before that's probably made you as crazy as it has me, and that is where you put the flash right here on our camera, and you take a picture, and you get reflection. So let's do it.

Oh boy! Yeah, so there we go. Just as I suspected. They have kind of dully-lit frame, and then we have a nice flash, a rectangle that's right in the glass - not very pretty. So I have a solution for you on how to get around that and really be able to shoot this kind of artwork. So what we are going to do instead is we are going to use our off-camera flashes that we have been using all along. I have two stands here with two flashes.

We are not using any modifiers at all. Now here is the trick. You need to have them at 45 degree angles to the artwork, equal distance, at the same power. Now what I am going to do is I am going to take off my little flash here that drove us crazy. We are going to put on our transmitter so that our flash can talk, our camera can talk to the flashes, and you are going to take shots. So let me show you how this works. Come back over here. I am going to align this up.

Now this time, our two off- camera flashes are going to fire. There we go, and you are going to take one more. Excellent! So what I have done now is that I have actually neutralized one flash with the other, and the way that I have done that is having them at precise angles. You can use this for any type of artwork that has glass. It's a lot easier than trying to set it outside or do all these different things because believe me, you will always get some sort of reflection in the glass.

By doing this, by using our two off- camera flashes, they cancel each other out; you get a beautiful shot every time.

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