Flash Photography Basics: Freezing Movement in Your Shots Using Flash

Just getting started with flash photography? Check out this simple experiment to find out how you can use flash to freeze movement in your photos.

One of the most useful flash photography tricks everyone should learn is how to capture motion using flash. It often comes in handy especially when you need to freeze movement in an indoor setting (like weddings, events, or parties). Adorama TV and Mark Wallace have put together a simple experiment that you can set up at home to help you learn about how moving objects appear differently in ambient light and when flash is used.

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Tutorial: A Practical Application of Rear Curtain Sync Flash Settings

If you’re fond of shooting the graceful movements of dance, you might want to experiment with shooting with flash in rear curtain sync mode using these settings.

Rear curtain sync mode is one of the creative techniques at your disposal when you work with flash. Basically, the flash fires off towards the end of an exposure, or just before the rear/second curtain closes. With this technique, you can produces some really cool-looking blur and light trails while your subject remains in focus. That makes it popular for experimenting with capturing movement using flash. In this quick tutorial, wedding and portrait photographer Jen Marino shares her go-to settings for shooting dance photos.

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The LIT Xenon Flash Gives Smartphone Cameras TTL and HSS Flash

Lit Xenon Flash

If you have been wanting a speedlite to elevate your smartphone photography, you should check out this LIT Xenon flash on KickStarter.

Do you use your smartphone for the majority of your photography, or maybe even use just in a pinch? If so, chances are you have probably wished you could have access to a better flash than the LED that sits on the back of your phone. The guys and gals over at LIT have wanted better mobile photography lighting solutions as well which is why they have come up with a Bluetooth Xenon Flash that is as powerful as a regular speedlite, and that can do High Speed Sync and a whole lot more. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

Shooting Creative Night Fashion Photography with Rear Curtain Sync Flash

In case you’re looking for fun ways to play with rear curtain sync flash mode for your next fashion photography project, this video could give you some ideas.

Thinking of upping your flash game with some creative night photography? Night fashion portraits is certainly one of the fun projects you can do with flash. If you need some ideas, you might want to check out this quick video showing how to achieve cool creative effects using rear curtain sync flash!

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The Button-Free Profoto Connect for AirTTL Flashes Isn’t an April Fool’s Joke

Profoto promises to make flash photography easy for everyone with the newly released Profoto Connect button-free trigger.

Ever wanted to learn flash photography but are intimidated with the technicalities of things? Hopefully, Profoto’s latest accessory could be of assistance. Profoto Connect is a button-free remote trigger that aims to make flash simple and easy for every photographer. By making their newest remote trigger completely button-free, Profoto believes that achieving beautiful lighting and experimenting with Profoto flashes will be effortlessly simple; no more complex buttons and menus that you’ll find on a typical remote trigger.

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Review: Godox Thinklite TT350F Mini Flash (Fujifilm)

Godox TT350F

The Godox TT350F is an affordable flash for Fujifilm Shooters, but you get what you pay for.

Godox are synonymous with producing good quality lighting at prices that make the accessories affordable to the masses. Their flashes are well built, and they have one of the most robust, user friendly wireless trigger systems around with their R2 triggers. The Godox TT350F is a small, affordable flash that has been designed to work with Fujifilm’s smaller Mirrorless camera bodies, but can it live up to their reputation of producing quality products that are affordable?

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Cam Crosland’s Fishing With Dynamite Shows An Empathetic Approach To Flash Street Photography

All images by Cam Crosland. Used with permission.

Cam Crosland is a street photographer based in London. Their work has been described as both poetic and powerful — a description we are in complete agreement with. Through their series Fishing With Dynamite, Cam adopts a gentler, more empathetic approach to flash street photography.

While their identity does not define the caliber of their work, Cam’s path to identifying as non-binary has certainly played its role in the way their work is produced. Equally, street photography has played a role in helping Cam on their path of self-exploration.

We spoke to Cam to talk about their amazing work and life as a non-binary street photographer.

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Bold and Bright: Direct Flash as One of Today’s Hottest Visual Styles

Everywhere you look, direct flash is lighting up projects and editorials in various genres, from portraits and fashion, to street and documentary, to food and product photography.

Terry Richardson may have fallen out of favor and spotlight, but the visual style he helped popularize remains one of today’s trendiest. Direct flash photography, also called high-flash photography by some, has become the tool of choice for magazines, newspapers, Instagrammers, and social media marketers as of late. Or, as one article put it, from salad bowls to CEOs.

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Salvatore Matarazzo Puts the Spotlight on Smokers in the Streets

All photos by Salvatore Matarazzo. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Saturation and strong flash are the tools of the trade for Italian contemporary street photographer Salvatore Matarazzo when shooting street portraits. Check out how he does this in his series called Smoke.

Flash photography is not the first thing that comes to mind when shooting out in the streets. Still, some photographers have found it a pretty powerful tool to capture some unique street portraits. Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden is most likely the best known when it comes to this, and we can say that Matarazzo has been doing good in adapting this style for his own work.

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Adam Miller Shoots Street Photography with Flash in NYC’s Blizzards

When blizzard season arrives, most people stay warm and indoors as much as possible. Adam Miller is not most people.

With respect to the use of flash in the street, I think it comes down to, well, chutzpah!” explains photographer Adam Miller to us about his NYC Snow Blizzards project. Miller loves New York City. He never takes it for granted and appreciates all that it gives. That’s why no matter the season, you will find him out with his camera making his awesome photographs. Known for his fine art prints and breathtaking cityscapes, Miller is also an excellent street photographer. We were particularly drawn to his project NYC Snow Blizzards in which he has created a series of images that document New Yorkers during the coldest of climates.

We spoke to him to better understand what life is like shooting street during the challenging blizzard season…

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It’s Lit: How to Do Flash Photography Under the Sun Like a Pro

Yes, you can do flash photography under broad daylight for those beautiful, editorial-style portraits!

When we want to shoot and the sun’s blazing outside, our instinct is to forego flash photography and just use ambient light. But as photographer Ed Gregory of the YouTube channel Photos in Color demonstrates in his seven-minute tutorial, speedlights and studio flashes can actually be your allies if you’re looking to create stunning and perfectly exposed photographs.

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This Pocket Speedlight Bracket Is Small but Strong

Wishing for a speedlight bracket that’s small and light but will hold your gear securely? Look no further.

For today’s Kickstarter find, we stumbled upon this promising speedlight bracket being developed by John Kasko, a professional full-time photographer who had previously created and successfully funded two other projects that cater to the needs of photographers.

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The Nissin MG10 Multi-Purpose Wireless Strobe Is Basically a Bracket Flash

The new Nissin MG10 wireless strobe promises to be a reliable companion to light up your indoor and outdoor shoots

Need to upgrade your flash gear and take your flash photography to new heights? Nissin’s new offering could be worth checking out. The company has recently announced the new MG10, an advanced Nissin Air System 2.4GHz wireless strobe which is geared for on-camera and studio photography. Whether you’re mostly doing studio projects or have some outdoor shoots on-location planned, this new flash promises to get you stunning lighting effects.

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KOBRA Flash Modifier Is Still More or Less a Gary Fong Lightsphere

If you missed the chance to grab a KOBRA Flash Modifier, the campaign has recently relaunched on Kickstarter

Unsatisfied with your flash modifiers and think your flash photography could be better? Through a Kickstarter campaign last year, the KOBRA Flash Modifier sought to be a more lightweight, flexible, and attractively designed solution to this problem. The project by Red Tusk didn’t meet its funding expectations then, but now it’s back up on Kickstarter with some improvements, including better price points. Continue reading…

How the Inverse Square Law Affects Your Lighting

Whether you work extensively with flash and studio lighting, or have a preference for natural and outdoor light, understanding the quality of light when you shoot is crucial to getting well-exposed photos. To our rescue comes the Inverse Square Law of Light, which sounds very intimidating but is actually one of the photometry concepts that largely governs our work as photographers.

Ohio-based Matt Day has found that whenever people hear of the Inverse Square Law of Light, they are immediately turned off because of the seemingly complicated math involved. That’s an obvious reaction, since we’re here to take photos and not solve equations, right? But as Matt explains in his video below, understanding this concept is very helpful for photographers since it tackles one of the fundamentals of good photography: working with light.

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Shooting Film with the Metz 45-CL4 Flash Looks Awesome

If film is your chosen medium and flash photography is something you’re yet to try, we have something that may be of interest to you. Sure, you could be shooting with your camera’s built-in flash. But it’s worth watching what it’s like to shoot film with an impressive-looking handle mount flash. George Muncey of UK-based film photography website Negative Feedback gives us a demonstration of shooting his favorite flash, the  Metz 45-CL4 Flash.
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A Quick Introduction to High Speed Flash Photography

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High Speed flash photography is one of the funnest things that you can do to creatively capture motion that otherwise isn’t very visible to the human eye. We’re talking about split second moments that otherwise can be even tough to capture for standard cameras. In a way though, high speed flash capabilities can make most ordinary cameras much more capable.

Here’s a quick introduction to high speed flash photography.

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Metz flash product photos (2 of 10)ISO 6401-50 sec at f - 4.0

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.

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Interfit‘s Pro-Flash TLi Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion Energy, Have Radios

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C Product Images 1

Carrying around a constant supply of AA batteries for your flash is a tiresome bother. Now Interfit is out to fix this annoyance with its new Li-Ion battery powered Pro-Flash TLi flashes. The new strobe lights have been designed to work in TTL mode with Nikon and Canon cameras. You’ll also be able to slave or master the Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C or TLi-N to your other Nikon and Canon lights.

Photographers will be able to fire up to 650 full-power flashes-per-charge with these Lithium Ion-powered strobes. The Pro-Flash TLi line of lights also charge back up to full power in just 1.5 seconds between exposures. Other features include Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash Exposure Bracketing (TLi-C only), and Flash Exposure Lock.

Those who want to trigger the flash wirelessly with a radio system will have to pick up the STR249 transmitter and receiver available for $49.99. The Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C and TLi-N themselves, meanwhile, are available now for $249.99.

The flashes come as a cheaper alternative compared to the Canon 600EX-RT or Nikon SB910. Add in the rechargeable Li-Ion battery system, comparable TTL control plus  the ability to link it up with your preexisting lighting gear, and this is a very tantalizing third-party flash for Canon and Nikon users.

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Here’s an Interactive Chart to Help You Get Started with Photography

Where to start

Starting out with your first camera can be daunting when you know very little about exposure let alone the all the buttons on your new gear. Luckily for you Adorama TV’s Mark Wallace has introduced a “Where to Start Chart” designed to guide users through their exposure with interactive buttons leading to more tutorial videos.

The chart starts off simple enough with a tree that splits into depth of field and motion. In other words the chart is asking whether aperture or shutter speed is more important for your shot. Of course either route eventually asks the photographer to set up their entire exposure with an ISO speed plus the addition of monopods or tripods and flashes.

The chart does not go dive into complex lighting at all with soft boxes, umbrellas, or even off camera flash. But Mark promises he will continue to update the chart with more sections and tutorials in the future.

Check out the video past the break and download the chart here.

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Joe McNally Teaches You How to Add Soft Directional Light to Portraits

Joe McNally Lastolite Ezybox

Photographer have long known the best light for portraits is defused, directional light but what about adding some extra illumination in broad daylight? Despite how redundant it might seem to add even more light when the sun is high in the sky, sometimes an extra hint of fill light can make your pictures pop more and clearer.

Luckily professional photographer savant Joe McNally is here to show you how its done right. In an episode of Adorama TV video Joe shows off how the Lastolite Ezybox softbox paired with a Nikon SB-910 speedlight can add soft directional light to make a picture really sing.

Thanks to a new white interior for the Lastolite softbox that Joe thought up, the Ezybox adds a soft shower of illumination that naturally falls off the subject’s body. Normally the same softbox would come with a silver interior, which would produce a much crisper and contrasty image, but at the cost of producing a much brighter center of illumination. We much prefer the natural softer look of this the white Lastolite Ezyboz with the white lining too.

In case you were wondering what other gear Joe had on hand for the shoot he also used a Nikon D800E with a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G lens, and an Avenger C stand to hold his speedlight. Check past the jump to see the video.

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