Off Camera Flash Photography: tips from Damien Lovegrove for shooting outdoors
Final off camera flash tips from our professional photographer
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“When determining the position of the off camera flash, try to get someone to hold it up so you can quickly see the results. The flash is rectangular, so think about whether to hold it vertically or horizontally. This will change the way it lights your subject.”
Using off camera flash in sunlight
The bright sunlight was causing problems for Richard, because he had to keep his shutter speed below 1/250 sec to keep the SLR ‘in sync’. So he needed a small aperture such as f/16 to cope with all the light, which in turn meant that his flashgun had to work extra hard.
Damien advised him to use his flashgun’s flash Exposure Compensation to boost its intensity. Damien also recommended changing the zoom of the flash manually. This had the effect of focusing the light and concentrating its intensity onto the subject. Moving the flash closer to the subject helped, too.
Use an extra flash
For even more creative effects, Damien suggested that Richard added another flash. By placing this flash behind the model, Richard created a moody sense of depth, adding another dimension to this shot. To ramp up the atmosphere, he set an additional flash to ‘slave’ so that both fired simultaneously.
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PAGE 2: Setting up to shoot off camera flash photography
PAGE 3: Final off camera flash tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
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on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.
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