Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Using fill flash to darken a background, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…I'm here with my friend Stephen Kent, master…didgeridoo player who's carrying this really weird didgeridoo.…We brought him out here to take some pictures of him playing.…But we also just want some shots of him just some head…shots and things that we can use on his website, or wherever.…So, we found this cool stand of trees which caught our eye because it's…just all these neat vertical lines and…there's been weird light playing through them.…So, I'm going to take some pictures of him here,…and he's holding this in a very strange way, and…so, I think, and he's a very strange…guy, so this is really revealing his inner character.…
So, and now it's being revealed more and more.…But watch what happens.…If I'm just shooting in Program mode, and I take this shot oh my.…Okay, discounting the expression on his face, let's take another one here, huh.…Okay so Steven's pretty well exposed. He looks a little blue as if he's been…left out of the fridge too long but that's actually just a white…balance problem because I'm shooting in shade; I can fix that in camera raw.…
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