Tips For Softening Your On-Camera Flash

It’s no secret that on-camera flash is harsh and can be very unflattering, this is true of built-in camera flash as well as add-on speedlights. This is why so many educators preach about off camera flash and how to do it, in most cases, getting the light source off your camera is thought to be paramount to improving its look. But what if you can’t take the light off your camera for whatever reason or another, what can you do to soften your on-camera light?

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Review: Phottix Indra 500 TTL

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This is the review that almost didn’t happen; and we have pretty much no one else to blame but ourselves.

The Phottix Indra 500 TTL was announced back during Photokina 2014, and we got our test unit back in December. Phottix’s reputation is associated with delivering products that are affordable, reliable, well built, simplistic, and effective. And when the company stated that the monolight included TTL capabilities with both Canon and Nikon cameras in one monolight plus lots of creative controls offered with other lights, it seemed like an immediate win-win situation.

Then the unit came in: and what I didn’t know at the time was that my 5D Mk II was slowly on its last legs. Additionally, we didn’t know that the first version of the Odin trigger (used the transmit and control the light) didn’t work so swimmingly. Instead, we switched to the Canon Rebel SL1 and the Canon 6D–additionally we used the Odin version 1.5. When these switches were made, we had pretty much no problems; which a high emphasis on pretty much.

We played with the Phottix Indra back around Photo Plus 2014, and found it to be a great deal. In a single package you get a light that is both AC and DC capable, has TTL transmission for both Nikon and Canon (with the possibility of Sony coming), manual light control, stroboscopic mode, an adjustable modelling light, ports for other transmitters like PocketWizards, and a well built body.

Despite how incredible the Phottix Indra 500 TTL is, it’s still not the perfect monolight–but it’s possibly the closest thing to it on the market.

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New Firmware Update Brings High-Speed Sync Flash to the Profoto B1

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The Profoto B1 500 TTL already thoroughly impressed us with its 500 watt seconds of power (enough to even overpower the sun) and Profoto is making it even better with a new firmware update unlocking high-speed sync. With the HSS upgrade installed, Profoto claims you’ll be able to shoot with shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 of a second to really capture freeze frames of action shots.

The advantage of high-speed sync is it gives you more control over the exposure, effectively allowing you to freeze action or completely remove ambient light. However, HSS also introduces a host of problems as lighting manufacturers made sacrifices in quality while only focusing in power and speed.

Profoto claims it’s managed to avoid all the pitfalls of HSS thanks to its B1 system, which provides the more and better-balanced lighting than ten speedlights. Now paired with the fast, powerful, and consistent capabilities of Profoto HSS, B1 user will be able to capture sharp action stills even in mixed lighting conditions without picking up any motion blur from the ambient lighting.

The Profoto HSS firmware update is available on this website for both Canon and Nikon B1 users. Once installed, B1 users will be able to activate HSS mode through a simple button-press without needing to change out the blub or making any other changes to the off-camera flash.

How to Make the Best of a Single Speedlight With No Light Modifier

Model: Bec Fordyce

Model: Bec Fordyce

When you’re first getting started in lighting, you’ll probably have the very basics, which could be a single speedlight or single monolight with no umbrella, softbox, or anything else like that. There are many, many ways to make the best of a very minimal situation as long as you’re in the right environment or you’re in the right shooting situation. And even then, you can always make things work for you if you can just think a bit differently and creatively.

This is how you make the best of a single speedlight–and this guide is designed for beginners.

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The Best Flash Modifiers For Your Speedlite

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While some photographers will tell you to take the flash out of your camera’s hot shoe, others love using it in that position. No matter what you’re doing, the only thing that matters is making sure that the light looks beautiful. This can be done with the flash on the camera or off ot it and the way to do it is usually with a flash modifier of some sort. But there are also a couple of tips and tricks that you can use to make it look even better.

Here are some of the best flash modifiers for your speedlights (speedlites) along with some tips on how to use them.


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How to Get More Out of Your Speedlites

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Hot shoe flashes, known as speedlites (or speedlights) are incredibly capable little flashes that can put just the right amount of light in the right spot. While it’s a very well known fact that studio strobes can deliver much more light output, they aren’t as portable or nimble as speedlights. However, there is much more that you can do to get more out of them just by tweaking some settings in your camera or working with it in a different way.

This is how to get more out of your speedlight.

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