How to flash .........the right way.Today on #ThursdaySnapShots we bring you more general photography tips for everyday use on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page
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Flash photography techniques, tips and tricks
Tip 1. Using fill-flash in daylight
Flash isn't just for studio and night photography - it's also useful for outdoor photography on sunny days, particularly when it comes to portraits.
Rather than asking your portrait sitter to face into the sun, which will result in them screwing up their face and squinting, get them to face in the opposite direction. With the sun now behind them, simply use a burst of flash to brighten up their face.
The camera will do a decent job of creating a balanced exposure. However, if the ambient light requires a shutter speed that's faster than the flash sync speed, you may need to use a smaller aperture, fit an ND filter on the lens or activate your flashgun's high speed sync function.
Tip 2. How to use TTL flash compensation
If you're trying to subtly blend a flash exposure with an ambient light exposure, use you the flash exposure compensation control offered by your camera or compatible flashgun.
Negative flash exposure compensation will underexpose the flash - try a subtle amount of 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop to start with. Then take a test shot and increase or decrease this amount to taste.
Remember to reset flash exposure compensation once you've taken the photo, as it's all-too easy to end up dialling in compensation on top of compensation!
Tip 3. Flash exposure lock
Flash metering can underexpose or overexpose a photo in the same way that normal metering can. If someone's wearing dark clothes and in front of a dark background, then the flash exposure may be automatically increased in order to brighten things up. This will cause skin to be overexposed.
The same is true of bright or reflective backgrounds. The flash meter will reduce the flash exposure to prevent a picture being overexposed, but this means that people in the foreground will appear too dark in the photo.
You can also use the flash exposure compensation function to correct this, or alternatively use your DSLR's flash exposure lock button.
This enables you to take a reading off the subject rather than the background, and lock that setting in for the next shot.
Come back next week for more flash photography tips here on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page.