Photographer Lam Nguyen Gives us the Skinny on Introductory Flash Photography Modifiers

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Flash photography, the final frontier of this still image art form. Well not really, but learning to use a flash is a huge hump that photographers either struggle to get over or shy away from completely. Whether you’re a photographer from either camp you’ll want to see this video in which Silber Studio’s Lam Nguyen guides us through the first few intricacies of flash photography.

This latest episode of Advancing Your Photography starts off with the easy stuff, introducing you to the camera flash and how to bounce it off walls for more even lighting. Then there are bounce reflectors, which also helps to refract and disperse the light from your flash, and are especially great when there’s not a close by wall or ceiling.

Diffusors are slightly different in that they’re designed to create directed but softened light. Lastly there’s the Dome Diffusor, which spreads light into a 180-degree arc while diffusing it into softer illumination.

Of course, these are just the first steps towards mastering flash photography. We haven’t gone into multi-speedlite setups, umbrellas, or even simple softboxes. Be sure to see the full video after the jump and check out our Introductory Guide to Light Modifiers.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.