Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Achieve Best Lighting with On-Camera Flash

The most important thing in lighting a subject with on-camera flash is the ability to control the light and shape it according to the needs of the desired. In this case your camera flash is only one part of the light sources. Some tips to get good lighting with only your on-camera flash.

- Avoid harsh lighting by provide larger and wider area of light relative to your subject. Also create other angle subject illumination than directly off the top of the camera.
- Get a space filled with bright and light colors of the walls. The bounce surfaces will be created by ceilings, so you can get softbox-style lighting. The way to get it is by tilt the flash unit to hit the ceiling. Spin it around and up at about 45 degrees to hit the wall and ceiling behind you to fill a small to normal-size room up with beautiful light.
- Place a small piece of opaque material or black foam just long enough to block the direct part of the light from hitting your subject to avoid a wide pattern, not in a straight beam.
- The bigger light source to get a smoother transition between light and shadow, so you can get softer light.
- Manual mode. Use flash units off-camera, in manual mode to allows maintain consistent manual control of the flash’s output power in relatively static shooting situations, like traditional portraiture.
- Activate High-Speed Sync, if available, because it will be useful when doing the shooting at the lack of lighting such as indoor shoots.
- Use white balance and RAW format, so you can adjust for image proper white balance with a post production software.
- in manual mode set the slow shutter speed to achieve the proper amount of ambient light you want for a photo.
- Just try to off your flash. Maybe you can find the light source that is needed for your subject so you do not need to use your camera flash anymore.

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