Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Using flash exposure compensation, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…We've talked a lot about how your camera…and your flash work together to measure the light…in your scene to determine how much additional…flash light needs to be added to the picture.…Now this is separate from the metering that's…done to determine settings for the ambient exposure.…If you've shot at all with an external flash…or a built-in flash, then you probably already decided…that, very often, all of that work that your…camera and flash does is for naught, because it screws…it up, and it puts probably too much light in the scene, or maybe not enough.…Usually, I find that flashes are a little…too over-eager, and things end up too bright.…
A big part of your flash shooting experience is going to be taking…a test shot, and then adjusting the flash to get the power right.…You saw this earlier also that when working on a flash scene,…we work with camera exposure to get the ambient light set where we…want it to be, and we work with the power of our…additional light to get our additional light where we want it to be.…
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