Flash photography basics: every common question answered

    | Photography Tips | 05/02/2013 16:00pm

    Controlling flash exposure

    Three quick and easy ways to ensure perfect results by adjusting the exposures of your flash pictures

    Flash Photography Basics: Flash Exposure Compensation

    1 Flash Exposure Compensation
    This allows you to adjust the output from the flash, making the subject 
lit by flash either brighter (positive compensation) or darker (negative compensation). Flash Exposure Compensation can be applied on the camera, or on a dedicated flashgun attached to the camera.


    Flash Photography Basics: Flash Exposure Lock

    2 Flash Exposure Lock
    Some cameras (like Canon’s 7D) have an FEL (Flash Exposure Lock) or FV (Flash Value Lock) button. Ensure the main subject is in the middle of the picture, then press the Flash Lock button. The flash will fire without an exposure being made, but the exposure setting will now be locked in. Simply reframe and take the picture.


    Flash Photography Basics: Flash Exposure Bracketing

    3 Flash Exposure Bracketing
    If timing isn’t crucial, try taking a series of exposures at a range of Flash Exposure Compensation settings to improve the chances of getting the perfect ratio of flash to ambient light. Advanced flashguns and cameras offer Automatic Flash Exposure Bracketing.

    PAGE 1: Common questions about flash photography
    PAGE 2: Controlling flash exposure
    PAGE 3: How to get flash in sync
    PAGE 4: Flash photography cheat sheet – what you need from your flashgun


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