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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.
Key and fill, ambient exposure, and flash exposure. By this point thinking about these terms should be reflex for you anytime you encounter a scene that needs flash. Obviously shooting with flash is a very deep subject and we've barely scratched the surface in this course. However with the foundation we've built here, and your understanding of the difference between key and fill light, and how ambient and flash exposures work together to create a finished image, you should now be taking better flash pictures, and you should be well prepared for deeper flash study. But I also hope that you are now thinking about all light differently.
Studying any type of light will only help you as a photographer. But as with any aspect of photography, what will make the greatest difference in your ability is practice. So grab your flash, and get shooting.
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