50 : Using Flash

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In the northern hemisphere, shorter daylight hours are upon us. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, we are envious! With less daylight, there is no need to stop capturing your family inside. Now is a great time to get to grips with different flash techniques!

Most parents freeze up at the idea of using a flash. Or worse, they resign themselves to having below par images by relying on the automatic pop-up settings. To start, put aside any apprehensions you have about using your flash, whether it is a pop-up flash or one that is attached in the hot shoe (the metal plate on top of your camera body). After almost a year of learning about your camera during Shoot 2017, you DO have the skills to control your camera and lighting!

You will see from the examples below that the trick to using a flash inside is to bounce the light from the flash off of a ceiling or wall. Do not aim the flash directly at your subject.  All images were taken with these settings: 1/125 sec; f/5.6; ISO 400

 

 

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Creative Prompts

  • Find a location that is definitely too dark to take a picture without using a flash so that you are sure that your settings are not skewed by existing natural light.
  • Practice aiming the flash, either pop-up or external, in different directions to see what effect that has on your image. 
  • Be sure to change your white balance setting to "Flash" to avoid strange colors.
  • Bounce your light off white surfaces if possible. Luckily, most ceilings are white! If you bounce your flash off a colored wall or ceiling, the resulting light will have that color cast.

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Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!