Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Some notes about your camera's built-in flash, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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Throughout this course you're going to see me doing a lot of…things with big external flashes, and you might end up thinking.…Well, since you got all those flashes, you…probably never use the pop-up flash on your camera.…And that's not true.…The built-in flash on your camera can be very, very useful.…Here's the pop-up flash on this 7D.…It pops up as you just saw, as opposed to being one that's built in.…I use it a lot, as you're going to see in the next chapter for fill flash.…This can really…be a lifesaver, and I know I have it with me if it's built into my camera.…I don't always carry external flashes with me, so in a pinch a pop-up…flash really can be the difference between a good picture or a bad picture.…
I said in a pinch, and that's not fair.…A pop-up flash simply can be the difference…between a good picture and a bad picture.…That said, you gotta be careful with them.…There are some things to know about them, because…they can cause troubles if you're not paying attention…to, to certain things.…First of all, a pop up flash has a very short range.…
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