Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Established Photography Techniques – How to Get Better Lighting from Camera Flash

Using a camera flash can either enhance or break your images, especially for beginner. Flash is perhaps the most puzzling photographic tool you’ve ever deal with. Unlike taking a shot in natural light, it is difficult to figure out the effects of using flash, since your subject is highlighting by two different light sources, the ambient light and your flash.

Sometimes as a photographer, you make mistakes of using flash without even realizing it. You may feel disappoint at the moment when you examine the images and find many embarrassing mistakes. In some cases, the images can look stark or your subjects have red-eye. Overexposed foregrounds objects, harsh highlight, and darken backgrounds are other problems of using flash improperly.

However, don’t feel intimidated by your mistakes. In fact, flash is very handy, if you know how to deal with it. Not only worthy as a back-up for taking a shot in condition where there is insufficient ambient light, using flash is an art in its own right. Once you familiar with this photographic tool, it really isn’t as difficult as you think at first. Compared to the time when flash photography was first used, most cameras with flash sold today’s relatively-simple to use.

Master Fill-in Flash Technique

One of the simplest flash techniques to master is fill-in flash. It might seem odd, but it’s the right way to shoot in broad daylight or when there are shadows falling across the subject. Put it simple, you just need to use your flash to fill in the areas of shadow. A little light from pop-up flash is powerful enough, so you don’t have to use a flashgun. You will find how impressive this technique to improve the quality of your images.

Make Use the Effects of Diffused Light

Flash photography presents some challenges, yet can also offer wonderful advantages for the creative photographer. Light from a flash can be cold, unflattering and harsh, especially when you take a shot in a small area. However, it can be overcome by adding a diffuser. It’s a flash accessory to cut down the harshness light from your flash. You can be whether using available diffuser or home-made diffuser. Simply cut a piece of clean milk carton in half and attach the bottom part to your flash with tape. It can give a far more pleasant image and soften the light on your subject. Once you start to use one, you won’t regret it.

Handle Off-Camera Flash

If you don’t use a diffuser, you can take this alternative way. Off-camera flash offers the flexibility to place the flashgun away from your camera and use it from a distance. All the things you will need are an off-camera cable and tripod. Hold your flash slightly off to the right or left of your camera, or mount it on a tripod next to your camera. It helps you to avoid the harsh lighting of the camera flash.
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