Flash (Speed-lites) Photography Controlling Factors
There are 5 factors that play a role in Flash photography. The factors control these two things: Ambient Light and Flash.
Controlling Ambient Light
SS (shutter speed) a Time Value controls ambient light. Should you want the background darker or lighter
depends on the SS settings. 1/320 1/500 and higher makes the background darker, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160 and to down to 30
seconds will brighten up the whole ambient light. Being of such a simple process I will demonstrate with 3-4 images about controlling ambient light ad their settings
Controlling the Flash
AV (Aperture Priority) an Amount Value controls the FLASH (f/8.0) ;
ISO (Sensor Sensitivity) controls the FLASH (100);
Power setting (Flash Power) controls the Flash (1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128);
Distance (distance of Flash to Subject) controls the flash (3ft, 6ft, 8 ft) .
Being of such a simple process I will demonstrate with 3-4 images about controlling flash and showing their settings
With the ISO100 – 200 and/or Distance 5-8 ft, I usually do not change these. I use the radio communication with my
trigger to my transceiver to operate my flash so there for I don’t need to change anything except my
power setting or my aperture. The reason I use my trigger to control my transceivers on my flashes,
I do not want to keep going back forth from my position shooting
the camera to the flash and then back o my position to shoot. That can be a real pain.
As a beginner in Flash photography, I was so worried about the technical aspects of using flash. It took me so long to get a grip on the aspect of shooting using a speed lite. I kept worrying about little things that I did not need to worry about such as Guide Numbers (GN)….. Well guess what I am gonna save you a lot of time and frustration. Forget any technical values and just re-read the above controlling factors. When you try, and you have a problem, ask yourself these two questions: (1.) What setting controls ambient light? (2.) What settings controls the flash?
- Also as beginner photographers the gear should be simple as this:
- 28 inch Translucent Soft White Diffuser Umbrella
- Light Stand
- Light Stand Bracket
- Round Reflector 5-in-1 w/Handles 43 in
In closing of this tutorial, I believe in the ole saying K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) & (Work Smarter, Not Harder), with that said, this is the bare bones starting points using your flash the first time. This is also a Generic starting point with the use of one flash and an umbrella. This is the settings where I start using my flash is at 1/125, f/8, 100-200, power set to 1/4. It is said for a photographer to learn the gear he has first then upgrade. This is the simplest gear and the simplest operation for a photographer starting out. Besides this is supposed to be FUN… so lets have some fun. Should you desire to contact me to discuss this I have all of it her on my website. Please do not hesitate to contact me and lets figure it out.