Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shopping recommendations, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…The external flash options available to you will vary…greatly, depending on what kind of camera you have.…For example, at the time of this shooting Nikon makes…five different external flashes, not…including specialty flashes for macro shooting.…By comparison, Fuji makes two flashes for their X system.…As discussed in the guide number movie, the…main difference between flashes will be differences in power.…If you give some thought to what kind of shooting you typically do,…and how much range you think you'll need, then you can pretty quickly zero…in on a flash size that's right for the type of shooting that you do.…
However, when you're shopping, you'll want to consider if you…might ever want to advance to a multiple flash system.…If so, then you might want to invest in a…flash that can serve as a master to other flashes.…In the future, you'll then be able to…buy less expensive slave flashes to grow your system.…Or maybe you're not sure if you'll ever head…toward multiple flashes and don't need a flash with tremendous power.…
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.
- How flash works
- Balancing ambient light and flash
- Understanding flash ranges and modes
- When to use fill flash
- Using an external flash
- Bouncing flash to improve light
- Building up multiple flash images
- Purchasing a flash