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Harsh, unflattering lighting can ruin a photo—and with flash, it's easy to get harsh, unflattering lighting. But flash is a necessary part of a photographer's toolset—after all, the world doesn't always provide you with the best natural light.
Fortunately, it isn't difficult to get great results from flash, and in this course, photographer, author, and teacher Ben Long details the concepts and techniques behind effective lighting with flash. Ben starts with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in other installments of Foundations of Photography—simple techniques that improve the results from a camera's built-in flash. He then focuses on fill flash techniques and on using flash as a key light. The course also explores topics ranging from bouncing and syncing flash to shooting with one or more off-camera flash units.
Hi, I'm Ben Long and welcome to Foundations of Photography: Flash. As you may have already discovered it can be difficult to get good flash shots but as you'll see in this course, getting good results with flash doesn't have to be hard. With just a few key ideas you'll be able to dramatically improve the quality of your flash photos. We're going to start this course by introducing some simple fundamentals. We'll build these fundamentals on top of the exposure theory that you should already know.
So if you're comfortable with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, then you have the conceptual building blocks for learning to use your flash well. From the fundamentals we'll move on to fill flash, the type of flash that you'll probably use most often and that you will typically use in daylight or other bright lighting situations. After field light, we'll take a look at using flash as your main light source or key light and that will take us in to a range of topics from flash zoom and white balance to bouncing flash diffusers. Slow sync flash.
Manual flash and uni-cycling. Alright, you're not actually going to learn to unicycle. But we will figure out some cool flash shots of someone who is unicycling. As you'll see the best flash shots often happen when you get the flash away from the camera. So we'll take a look at off-camera flash. Before we dive into the use of multiple flashes to create more effective flash lighting. Flash is a critical tool for many shots. To get started, we're going to explore some of the particulars of how your flash actually works. So grab your camera and keep watching as we delve into the Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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