Using Built-In Flash for Casual Portraits
Feb16

Using Built-In Flash for Casual Portraits

“It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.”—Voltaire The key to using your camera’s built-in flash for shooting portraits is knowing the right time to use it. If there’s any secret to knowing when, it’s learning how to see the light falling on your subject, especially the range of shadows and highlights within the scene. Learning to see light is not difficult but takes a bit of practice and using your...

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Soften Your Speedlight
Nov04

Soften Your Speedlight

A soft light source is a better choice for portrait and glamour photographs than a hard one because it’s more flattering to the subject and, as a side benefit, requires less retouching in the digital darkroom. The shoe-mount flash that’s part of your camera system has one major goal: To deliver the most lighting output at efficiently as possible. Most of the time, that’s a good idea but sometimes a little softness will minimize the...

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Using Flash for Outdoor Portraits
Jan31

Using Flash for Outdoor Portraits

Portraits are all about light, so you should begin the process of creating great outdoor portraits—including glamour photography—by looking for locations where there’s plenty of natural light but I’d also suggest that you bring along your electronic flash. Even the small pop-up flashes that are built into most digital SLRs can perk up your outdoor portraiture. The key to improving your outdoor portraits is knowing when it’s the right...

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Making Electronic Flash Connections
Feb22

Making Electronic Flash Connections

It’s What’s in Your Camera Bag Wednesday! Small accessories can sometime make the difference between being able to make a shot or not. Nowhere in photography is this truer than when trying to synch studio flash units with your SLR. The traditional PC (Prontor-Compur) synch flash connection formerly standard on every SLR has but has all but disappeared from today’s entry and mid-level digital SLRs is . There is, on many...

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Flash for Outdoor Portraits Makes a Difference
Nov10

Flash for Outdoor Portraits Makes a Difference

These days, most point-and-shoot cameras have built-in flash. Many digital SLRs do too but not all of the so-called “professional” models, even though having a small flash available with the click of a button can make the difference between a good photograph and a not-so-good one. When should you use the built-in flash? The most obvious answer is when the light is low and you need to illuminate your subject but that may not be the...

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