Photography Lighting: easy ways to take control of light

    | Photography Tips | 15/04/2013 00:01am
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    Use a burst of flash

    An alternative way to lighten the shadows in strong sunlight is to use a burst of flash, rather than a reflector.

    For subjects close to the camera the built-in flash is perfect for this technique, but it isn’t powerful enough for subjects that are more than two to three metres away from the camera. In this situation you’ll need to use a more powerful flashgun.

    How to use fill-in flash

    The easy way to banish ugly shadows from your shots

    How to use fill-in flash: step 1

    1 Set your flash to automatic TTL
    Your flash’s automatic TTL setting is good for creating fill light, especially if the distance between the flash and the subject is likely to change. If you are using an external flash, make sure that this is set to TTL.

     

    How to use fill-in flash: step 2

    2 Check the exposure
    Take a test shot to make sure that the flash is powerful enough to light your subject, and check the results on the rear LCD. If the subject you’re lighting is still too dark you’ll need to move closer.

     

    How to use fill-in flash: step 3

    3 Reduce the flash power
    If the subject is too bright compared to the background you can use the flash exposure compensation feature for more subtle results. Press the button marked (flash) +/-, and use the dial to set it to -1.

    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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