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Exploring basic tools for flash

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The flash unit I'll be using in this course is a small strobe flash. Now, these lights go by a few different names, flash gun, pocket strobes, electronic flash or speedlight. So, for simplicity, I'll be calling them speedlights for this course. So you'll need a speedlight, and there are variety of options available from various manufacturers at all different price points. It's best if your speedlight allows you to rotate and swivel the head. Now this is going to open up a lot of possibilities for bouncing the flash. You'll also want to purchase the most powerful speedlight you can afford.

Exploring basic tools for flash

The flash unit I'll be using in this course is a small strobe flash. Now, these lights go by a few different names, flash gun, pocket strobes, electronic flash or speedlight. So, for simplicity, I'll be calling them speedlights for this course. So you'll need a speedlight, and there are variety of options available from various manufacturers at all different price points. It's best if your speedlight allows you to rotate and swivel the head. Now this is going to open up a lot of possibilities for bouncing the flash. You'll also want to purchase the most powerful speedlight you can afford.

And TTL, which is through the lens technology, is important for integrating with your camera. And speaking of cameras, you will need to use one. Now, I have a DSLR here, but you might have a compact camera that happens to have a hot shoe on top. And this is important because this hot shoe here on the camera is what communicates with the speedlight here, with the speedlight connector. So I'm going to put this one on for you. And it just slides into the hot shoe like that and secure it.

So in short, even if this is your first speedlight purchase, I suggest investing in the top model your camera's manufacturer offers. A less capable speedlight could end up frustrating you with its limited potential. And, you'll need some room to grow as you learn. Now, you also might want to diffuse or soften the light coming out of the flash, and that's when something like this little soft box might come in quite handy. And they come in all different variations. This one fits right over the flash like so.

And it's called a pocket box. And so, it just fits on like that. And now, any pictures I take, the light coming from the speedlight is going to be softer. So now I've got this set up, but let's say I want a more dynamic lighting situation. Perhaps I want to take this flash and take it off the camera. I'll need something to hold it up. So you'll need a light stand. And, you want to make sure that the light stand that you get is light enough to carry around, yet still sturdy to hold what you need it to hold. And the way that you attach the light stand to the flash is, I take this off camera, I put it on top of this shoe mount.

And, it's sometimes known as an umbrella clamp, because it has a little hole here that I can attach an umbrella to if want to but I'll get into that later in the course. So then, this fits right on top, of the stand. Pretty easy. So these are just a few basics to get you started. I'll you, show you some other accessories you can use later in the course. But first, let me show you how to identify and work with different directions of light to enhance your images.

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