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The pop-up flash


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Photography 101

with Joseph Linaschke

Video: The pop-up flash

We all know that shooting with a tiny little pop-up, on-camera flash like this is never going to be ideal. But let's face it, sometimes that's what you've got. So we need to make the best of what we do have. I'm going to take a few pictures here of our model Jackie, using just this flash. And I'm going to make two different changes to the photo that will make them better than what we're going to get when we start. The first change will be totally free. And the second one is a very inexpensive modifier that you can add on to your camera. So let's get started. I'm putting the camera on the tripod, just to make sure that we have the exact same shot for before and after here.

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Photography 101
2h 9m Beginner Mar 21, 2012

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Today's cameras put an amazing amount of power in the hands of amateur photographers, but it's not always easy to make use of it. All those buttons, dials, and settings can be pretty intimidating. In this workshop, expert photographer Joseph Linaschke helps you understand what's going on inside your camera, explaining fundamentals like what an aperture is and how shutter speed works. Learn basics such as how to hold the camera, what various modes mean and when to use them, and even how and when to use the camera's flash. There's also creative instruction to guide you towards becoming a better photographer. As you become more comfortable with your gear, you'll find that many new creative possibilities open up for you and the quality of your photography improves.

Topics include:
  • Carry and hold that DSLR like a pro
  • Stabilizing the camera: from hands to water glasses to tripods
  • Using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • What the buttons do
  • Manually controlling your autofocus
  • Working with flash
  • Thinking creatively
  • Buying new gear
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Joseph Linaschke

The pop-up flash

We all know that shooting with a tiny little pop-up, on-camera flash like this is never going to be ideal. But let's face it, sometimes that's what you've got. So we need to make the best of what we do have. I'm going to take a few pictures here of our model Jackie, using just this flash. And I'm going to make two different changes to the photo that will make them better than what we're going to get when we start. The first change will be totally free. And the second one is a very inexpensive modifier that you can add on to your camera. So let's get started. I'm putting the camera on the tripod, just to make sure that we have the exact same shot for before and after here.

Usually when you're shooting with a flash, you don't need to worry about this. But that's the only reason it's here now. So let's get our first shot here. I'm going to have you step just a tiny bit this way for me. Thank you very much. And. So we take a look at the shot, and as you can see, there's a really hard shadow behind her head. And the shadows under her chin are frankly not very attractive. So, this is what we need to try and eliminate at least reduce with, the technology that we have. So the first thing I'll do, which won't cost any money at all, It's just simply, get closer. As I said in the last section, getting the light source closer to the subject makes it relatively larger.

So by getting this closer, we're going to make the light just a little bit softer. So, I'll step closer to Jackie, zoom out a little bit, and. Now if we take a look at this photo, we can see that the shadows are just a little bit softer. The light's a little bit warmer as well. And the shadow on the background isn't quite as harsh. Now let's modify the light itself and see if we can make it even better. (audio playing) I have this little thing here called a puffer.

This is from a company called Gary Fong. This little guy is a tiny little modifier, a little diffuser, that we attach to the hot shoe of the camera. And then makes the light softer, because it makes it bigger. If you look at the size difference between the tiny little strobe here, versus this, this is clearly a lot bigger. So, let's just attach this onto the camera. And let's get another shot. Now, if we look at this, we can see that the shadow behind her head is much, much softer.

The shadows on her face are a little bit softer. And the overall light is quite a bit warmer. When we look at the two side by side. You can see there's a huge difference between the two shots made from this same location. So this tiny little inexpensive modifier will make a huge difference. Again, not having a big flash is not the best thing in the world. But it's not the worst. At least by having this little flash with a little modifier you can get something a little bit better out of the photo.

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