Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding flash range, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…Like any light, your flash has a range.…It casts a conical-shaped light, but depending on how strong…your flash is, that light will only go so far.…Now, that should be common sense, but I guarantee…that when you first start working with flash, you'll…forget that flash range has a huge impact on…the effectiveness of your flash in your final image.…The problem is your eyes.…They're very sensitive and incredibly well adapted to low light.…If you go into a dark room and turn on a light.…You'll likely see the far wall light up and you'll…probably think, well this light is filling the entire room.…
It is, but what you won't necessarily realize is how much less light…there is on that far wall than there is right near the light itself.…Again, this is because your eyes have incredible low light sensitivity,…they can pull tremendous detail out of a dark, shadowy area.…But the fact is, light intensity drops off very…quickly the further you go from the light source.…So, I have this light turned on right here.…We're going to do a little experiment.…
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