Learn the concepts, tools, and techniques for lighting with flash—from improving built-in flash results to shooting with wireless off-camera flash.
- Hi, I'm Ben Long and welcome to Foundations of Photography: Flash. As you may have already discovered, it can be difficult to get good flash shots. But, as you'll see in this course, getting good results with flash doesn't have to be hard. With just a few key ideas, you'll be able to dramatically improve the quality of your flash photos. We're going to start this course by introducing some simple fundamentals. We'll build these fundamentals on top of the exposure theory that you should already know. So, if you're comfortable with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, then you have the conceptual building blocks for learning to use your flash well.
From the fundamentals, we'll move on to fill flash, the type of flash that you'll probably use most often, and that you will typically use in daylight, or other bright lighting situations. After fill light, we'll take a look at using flash as your main light source, or key light, and that will take us into a range of topics. from flash zoom and white balance, to bouncing flash, diffusers, slow sync flash, manual flash and unicycling. All right, you're not actually going to learn to unicycle, but we will figure out some cool flash shots of someone who is unicycling.
As you'll see, the best flash shots often happen when you get the flash away from the camera. So, we'll take a look at off camera flash before we dive into the use of multiple flashes to create more effective flash lighting. Flash is a critical tool for many shots. To get started, we're going to explore some of the particulars of how your flash actually works. So, grab your camera and keep watching as we delve into the Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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