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  • Take better pictures with flash photography 10 Flash Photography Tips CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved.
  • Tip 1: Why Flash? - Hard Light vs. Soft Light 01 Benefit of Using Flash Flash, used correctly, helps smooth out the transition from highlights to shadows creating a more pleasing photo. CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved. img credit:
  • Tip 2: Flash Sync Speed 02 Beware of Shutter Speed Observe the 1/250th of a second (for most cameras) limit for how fast your shutter speed can be when using flash with it otherwise you might get black bars as seen in the photo to the right. CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved. img credit:
  • 03 Constant Lights Working with constant lights allows you to see what the lighting looks like as you move the light, so you know exactly what you are getting when you take a picture. Studio Strobes Studio strobes plug into a wall so they recycle very quickly and are generally more powerful than camera flashes such as speedlights. They are also made to have softboxes attached. Speedlights Speedlights are very portable, run off of AA batteries, can be placed in the hotshot or used off camera, and are an effective light source. Tip 3: Constant vs. Strobes vs. Speedlights CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved.
  • Tip 4: Batteries for Speedlight 04 Types of Batteries When looking for AA batteries for your speedlight, keep the following in mind: In order of recycling speed: Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) Alkaline-manganese Lithium In order of number of flashes: Lithium Alkaline-manganese Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved.
  • Tip 5: Avoiding Disaster 05 Battery Door Warning Something not commonly mentioned with speedlights is the battery door. The battery covers are typically tensioned with a spring and if your battery door should break on a shoot, you cannot tape it to fix it. Be careful when replacing batteries. CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved.
  • 06 Strobist Kit Softbox, non-destructive mounting tape, and gels make this a great kit. 80-20 80% of the light bounces off the ceiling and 20% fills to prevent racoon eyes. Pocket Bouncer Great way to diffuse flash outdoors. Tip 6: Diffuse Your Flash CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Bouncing flash off of the ceiling is a great way to diffuse the light, but these LumiQuest diffusers make a world of difference quite inexpensively.
  • Creative Effects Match the ambient light 07 Add Color Tip 7: Dont Forget About Flash Gels CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved.
  • 08 Stay within 2-12 feet Use Flash Compensation Avoid windows and mirrors Diffuse the light Tip 8: Pop-Up Flash CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved.
  • 09 Say No to Dull Indoor Backgrounds Sometimes when you are really distance from a background, especially indoors, your background can end up looking really dull compared to the flashed foreground. Decrease the contrast by raising your ISO. CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tip 9: Indoor ISO Hacking
  • 10 Twist Your Speedlight When shooting in vertical orientation, dont forget to swivel the head and look for walls to bounce it off of. If you dont have a wall, bring along a piece of foam core poster board to always have a portable wall. CONTACT US 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tip 10: Dont Forget to Swivel