Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating hard light, part of Flash Photography: Canon Speedlites.
- Hard light is defined by the hard edged…shadow that it throws.…Like the sun, for instance, even though…it's an enormous light, you know the sun is…really big out there in space.…But in relation to me, it's only this big…up in the sky all the time.…And the shadow it casts off my body is a hard…edged shadow, with a distinct beginning…and end point.…You can see exactly where it starts and stops.…So that's a hard light.…Because the light from our speed lights is very…small, they're a naturally hard light.…
Hard lights are naturally efficient,…because we're not shining them through…modifiers that are reducing light or reflecting…light away, like out the back…of this umbrella, for instance.…I love to use a hard light for photographing objects,…maybe that are far away, like wildlife and birds.…Or maybe to add a little bit of light under a helmet,…like a football player's helmet out there in the field,…that's far away from me.…I can throw a light in there and get a little…lift into their face, even though the sun…is shining straight down from above.…
You'll also find out how to set up your Canon camera itself to make the most of the speedlight—one of the most liberating photography tools you can buy. Levi Sim helps you master the controls, including the camera and flash modes, flash modifiers, and accessories, and creative options offered by a speedlight: soft light, hard light, and bounced light. By the end of this course, you'll be able to make great light in any situation with your speedlight. If you don't have one yet, you'll understand just what model is best for your needs and what features you'll use the most.
- Why use a speedlight?
- Powering a speedlight
- Choosing the right camera mode
- Choosing the right flash modes
- Using flash modifiers
- Creating soft and hard light
- Accessing Commander mode
- Positioning the flash off camera
- Using an iTTL extension cord
- Extending battery life
- Controlling ambient light
- Using speedlights with third-party radio triggers
Skill Level Intermediate
1. An Overview of Speedlites
2. Quick Start
Speedlite menus and controls4m 40s
3. Taking Control of a Speedlite
4. Controlling and Shaping the Light
5. The Camera as Commander
6. Using Off-Camera Flash
7. Shooting with Speedlites and Workflow Tips
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