Flash photography should be easy… I mean, second-nature, do-it-without-thinking easy. So why isn’t it? Here are some of the top things a lot of people are struggling with: 1) Outdoor flash that looks too “flashy” or unnatural. 2) Backgrounds that are too dark. 3) Can’t seem to get a good white background effect. 4) Just… Read more »
Posts Tagged: flash
I want to address a type of question that comes up every now and then regarding off-camera flash radio triggers. Variations on this question seem to stem from a misunderstanding (or lack of understanding) about how flash exposure works at a basic level vs. how automatic flash works with systems like Canon’s E-TTL II and… Read more »
The first time I tried to figure out how to set up a softbox, I was lost. I made this for people who find themselves in that position. Featured: Photoflex LiteDome Q3-9 Lastolite Ezbox Hotshoe Softbox Alien Bees B800 Canon 580EX II
An artist friend of mine, Allyson Lipkin, dropped by the studio the other day and we did a very quick shoot that resulted in several shots I’m very happy with. The entire shoot was done with a single Alien Bees B800 and a shoot-through umbrella. So, the one-light magic strikes again. But is it really… Read more »
I demonstrate mixing flash with natural light as backlighting for hair and rim lighting effects.
In this video, I provide a quick overview of on-camera fill flash for outdoor portraiture. I know that using your flash on the hot shoe isn’t the sexiest technique in the world, but sometimes it’s the best way to go, especially for things like outdoor event shots, where things are moving quickly and conditions aren’t… Read more »
Photography Q&A. Question: What is the best portable gear for environmental portraits? Would speedlights be enough?
The Film Noir and Femme Fatale looks are personal favorites. For those shots, I often try to drop down that polished digital look in favor of the look of grain and/or chemically processed color. B/W and sepia tones add a little mystery, too. But recently, I opted for a straight-up shot where the feel was… Read more »
Here’s a quick look at the Alien Bees strobe unit. See some behind-the-scenes shots here and here. The manual is available from Paul C. Bluff.
A reader wrote to me to ask about light drop-off when using umbrellas as described in my ebook, 100% Reliable Flash Photography. Although the topic of drop-off isn’t really covered in the book, it’s a good one to discuss. The question had to do with how I was able to avoid lighting up much of… Read more »