Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating soft light, part of Canon Speedlite Flash Fundamentals.
- The only thing that makes light hard or soft…is its size in relation to the subject.…If you can make the light shining on your person larger,…it will be softer.…Softer light is always flattering.…Some people also look good in hard light,…but everyone can look good in soft light.…We can make the light softer…by pushing it through something bigger…or by bouncing it off something larger.…When I mean that a light is softer,…I'm talking about the shadow transition,…the difference between the bright side of the face…and the shadow side…or right where the edge of the shadow begins.…
It's difficult to tell exactly where a shadow…starts and stops with a soft light.…But with a hard light, there's a distinct line…where a shadow begins and ends,…and that's why it's called a hard light…because of the hard edged shadows…we get from it.…Soft light is flattering because it…reduces the hard edges on wrinkles…and on blemishes…and makes the light on a face…just breeze softly and gently…between shadow and highlight.…
And so it's a great way to photograph…
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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