Photography Lighting: how to take control of everything from natural light to flash

    | Photography Tips | 15/04/2013 00:01am

    Soften the light from your flash

    Best Flash Diffuser: 01 LumiQuest Softbox III

    There are a number of accessories that will soften the light from your flash. The first are accessories such as a softbox or umbrella that soften the light by making the light source much bigger.

    Meanwhile the second type – clip-on diffusers, for example – produce softer light by spreading the light from the flash so that more of it reaches the subject having been reflected off objects around you.

    Finally, remember it’s the size of the light source in relation to the subject that affects the quality of the light.

    So, even using a softbox or umbrella, the closer the flash is to the subject, the softer the light will be, and the further away, the more harsh.

    Try looking at the light from the subject’s perspective; if you have a flash with a softbox attached that’s 50x50cm square, this will look huge if it’s 50cm away from you.

    But move it 5m away and it looks hardly bigger than a bare flashgun. The further away the flash, the larger the diffuser needs to be to give a softer light.

    Your remote flash options (infographic)

    If you want to take more control over the light, using remote flash is one of the best techniques you can use. In our infographic below we show you three popular options for doing this.

    Click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop it to your desktop.

    Your remote flash options (photography infographic)

    PAGE 1: Understanding the character of light
    PAGE 2: How to control your photography lighting
    PAGE 3: Taking control of the light
    PAGE 4: Use a reflector to fill in the shadows
    PAGE 5: Using fill-in flash
    PAGE 6: Making the most of natural light
    PAGE 7: Predicting the natural light
    PAGE 8: Shoot in the direction of light
    PAGE 9 Exposing in low light
    PAGE 10: Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness
    PAGE 11: How to shoot handheld in low light
    PAGE 12: Why you might want to use flash
    PAGE 13: Soften the light from your flash
    PAGE 14: How to use flash triggers


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