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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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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Yongnuo’s Affordable YN600EX-RT Speedlite Piggybacks on Canon’s Radio Trigger System

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Yongnuo has announced a new Speedlite YN600EX-RT for Canon strobists. The radio-controlled flashgun comes with a variable electronic zoom head that shifts between 20 and 200mm, plus it can be tuned for high-speed sync up to 1/8000 second.

Once paired with a the YN-E3-RT radio the flash can also be set up to fire with E-TTL mode and manual power control. The best thing about Yongnuo flashes is users can ride on Canon’s official radio transmission protocol whilst being a cheaper alternative to Canon own Speedlite, the 600EX-RT. Just keep in mind the YN600EX-RT is not compatible with Yongnuo’s 2.4GHz triggering systems, including the RF-603 and YN-622.

Yongnuo has yet to release a price for the Speedlite YN600EX-RT but it should arrive this October. Until then check past the jump for more images and specs on this flashgun.

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KickStarter MagMod is a Magnetic Speedlight Modifier

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When I heard about the MagMod, it piqued my interest. Originally announced on Kickstarter, the project is already well past it’s goal on Kickstarter and rightfully so. The Magmod is a magnetic flash modifier which eliminates velcro, straps and adhesives. The Modifiers are made from a single piece of silicone rubber and it’s one size fits all. They say it works with anything from the Nikon SB600 or an old Sunpack Auto30DX to the the Canon 600EX and Nikon SB900. The MagMod comes with a modular flexible honeycomb grid and a MagGel kit.

More details are after the jump.

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Field Review: Gary Fong Puffer (Day 2)

When light gets the best of you and there is not enough of it to to properly illuminate a shot, a flash is needed. Only having a pop-up flash, it is what is used. The light it gives is a little harsh, but when a Gary Fong Puffer is placed in front of it, that all changes. Looking Like Darth Dukus’s Ship from Star Wars the Phantom Menace, the Gary Fong Puffer, when placed on the hot shoe of your camera adjust the quality of the light coming off your pop up flash, spreading it out, giving it better coverage and a better look to the light as seen in my self-portrait post.

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