Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shutter speed, aperture, and flash, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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You should already be comfortable with how shutter…speed and aperture effect your image when you're shooting…without a flash but when you're shooting with a…flash these two parameters take on very specific roles.…Though I said that the flash is actually a continuous light the…fact is that it's on for such a short period of time.…But it's effectively instantaneous as far, as your camera is concerned.…Let's take a super slow-motion look at what happens,…when you press the shutter button to take a picture.…Imagine that time has slowed down.…Yes you may already feel that way from watching…this movie but, let's just imagine that time has…slowed down and that you are sitting inside a…camera that is about to take a picture of me.…
Now, this is a imaginary situation, a stylized representation here.…Of course, if the camera was actually taking a picture of me I…would need to be standing still and I'm moving all over the place.…Just ignore that part.…When the shutter button is pressed the shutter…opens and begins gathering 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.
- 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