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Insight into taking the best flash photo with your digital camera.

Night Photography • Latest News • Contests





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3 Editor’s Notes George Schaub

4 Introduction 6 Quickshot

Latest News and Contests

LEARNING ABOUT FLASH 11 Meet Your Accessory Flash


Modes, Buttons, and Lighting Control

12 Diagnosing Flash Problems Why Flash “Fails”

21 Off Camera Flash

Controlling the Direction of Light

23 Photo of the Month

See what we’ve picked out this month

25 Photography: Then & Now Short history of photography

27 Exposure Modes

Choosing the Right One to Match the Scene

28 More about Bounce Flash

Indirect Lighting for Softer Effects



Taking great photos in the dark






29 Diffusion Techniques

51 Experiements with Flash

30 Remote and “Slaved” Flash

53 F-Stop

37 Stop Motion With Flash

55 Photoshop Tutorials

39 Color and Flash

57 Using Bridge & Lightroom

40 One Flash Portraits

59 Tri-pods

49 Black and White

60 Using Flash for Marco

Softening Accessories

Adding Extra Light to the Scene Finding the Right F-Stop

Emphasis on Flash with Color Scenes A Single Light Can Do it Right Getting Great Detail in Lightroom 3



Creative and Fun Techniques Learn About Today’s Greatests Lens & More Fun Photo Editiing Techniques How to Organize your Photos Better Find Great Deals on the Latest Tri-pods Up Close and Personal

Tips and Techniques by Chuck McKern





Nikon Foundation Competition

The Nikon Foundation is a new student initiative by Nikon UK, which aims to support and celebrate emerging photographers as they complete their education and begin their careers. By submitting a portfolio of images and a covering letter, students are in with a chance of winning a 3-month internship with fashion and celebrity photographer John Wright and Nikon professional equipment worth ÂŁ4000.Whilst the Nikon Foundation is ultimately a photography competition, the shortlisted 10 finalists will each be interviewed by the panel of judges, including John, after which one winner will be offered the position with John and his team. The competition will run from today until 31st March 2011, with the winners announced in April. The three month placement with John will commence in June 2011.




Magical Movie Modes Who’d have though HD movies and DSLRs would pair up? It was not that long ago that photographic experts were predicting that camcorders were going to rule the world and that the days of the still camera were nigh. Camcorders were gaining in resolution, and a Still Capture mode meant that you could video away and then ‘grab’ the fram or image you wanted later. That, as we know has not happened, and the still camera is as popular now as it ever was. And, of course, many modern cameras now have the ability to ca-

putre moving images that are easily good enough for sites such as YouTube. The Movie mode on DSLRs is a comparatively recent innovation. and one that is being refined all the time. True camcorders still allow more creative control, but this will undoubtedly change. Models like the Canon EOS 7D, for example, allow manual control of aperture and shutter speed. In terms of quality, the latest cameras give 1080p HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) image quality, with a maximum recording time of 12 minutes at this resolution. Sound quality is one area that needs consideration if you want to make serious movies with a DSLR, and some models now offer the option of plugging in a stereo microphone to improve audio.

Pindar supplies digital photography Pindar, which offers a printing service through subsidiary Alphagraphics, has supplied digital photography for the US and European versions of the Country Artists Collectors’ book, printed in the UK by Adare Pressicion, Southam. Pindar has two digital photography studios, producing digital images using a 50mb

New 2View Samsung cameras with LCD Screens

WILD AT HEART What to shoot: Wildlife, animals, nature, birds, reptiles, flora, fauna

What to submit: We want to see your best ever wildlife shot for this category. From local birds to exotic species - just go for it! Email us your entries at 300dpi, providing your name, contact details and shot info (camera model, lens, focal, length, aperture, shutter speed. ISO). You can enter up to three images per category. Full terms and conditions can be viewed at www. competitions.

How to enter: Email your images to: Closing date: October 21, 2010



Samsung is known for its innovations, and nothing cemented this status more than the 2View camera compact with two LCD screens. The latest in this unique line-up are the ST600ww and ST100, successors to the popular ST550. These latest models have received an upgrade to their front LCD screens. Measuring in at a larger 1.8 inches, this promises to help users frame their selfportraits for photos and videos. There are also new fun features to experiment with, including a Couples’ mode tthat will snap a photo when it detects two faces tilted towards each other, and a Jump function which will immediately take three consecutive images to help users capture a mid-air flight image Both the ST600 and ST100 possess Samsun’s smar auto (still and Movie) scene recognition technology, automatically selecting the optimum settings for you, as well as optical image stabilisation for steady shots. Aimed at the style-conscious consumer, the new compacts come in four colors, including hot pink, go.d, black and purple with metallic finishes.


Free Apple App Apple announced the new Phanfare app for iPad and iPhone users that lets you edit, organize and diesel your photos and videos. It works even without a network connection and retains the original versions, too. It’s available in the AppleApp store now for free.

iWorkcase iWorkCase is an on-location workstation for photographers and digital operators working on an Apple Macbook Pro. With changeable inlays you can use the iWorkCase with different Macbook Pro versions. In addition, the iWorkCase supports the Arca Swiss type quick release system for quick and easy tripod mounting. “A couple of years ago I was working as an digital operator,” says inventor Immanuel Meier. “We never had an easy-to-set-up working place for outdoor people, lifestyle and fashion shoots. I started to develop my own case for this purpose.” A result of this development, the iWorkCase is now available for $700.

IPA Photo Contest The International Press Association (IPA) has announced a unique photo contest to help launch their new Member Support Blog on their website. There are no fees to enter, no contributions to the contests favourite charities, no restrictions on the subject matter, two levels of entry - pro and amateur - and “so many prizes that the chances of winning are quite good”, the Association says. First place winners will receive over $1800 in prizes each, second place winners receive over $500 in prizes and ten Honourable Mention winners will receive over $150 in prizes each. The contest will be using the viewer votes (25%) and the judges’

votes (75%) to determine the final winners. The submission deadline is 30th November. The contest is open to the citizens of the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland and a selection of EU Member States including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

Dinky Drive The lexar Echo SE USB FLash Drive is an accessible, portable drive that lends conivence to backing up your files on the go. Designed for netbook and notebook users, this is one of the smalles solutions on the mark. Available from for $500.

been affected; these had until now been the only growth area for leading brands like Kodak.

WD My Book Live WD has just introduced its My Book Live home network drive. The device’s built-in DLNA media server makes it a fast, simple solution for users who wish to view videos, music and images on any Mac or PC connected to the home network and stream digital media to a television set, the company says. Compatible with the Apple Time Machine, the WD My Book Live incorporates Gigabit Ethernet technology for speeds up to three times faster than that of traditional USB 2.0 drives. The My Book Live is available in capacities of 1TB and 2TB, priced at $169.99 and $229.99.

Digital photography Leading market in photo sector According to market research institute GfK, 2004 will be another excellent year for digital photography in France. The sector progressed 44 per cent for the first half of 2004, compared to the same period in 2003. With Euro 650 million for the half-year digital photography accounts for 41 per cent of the total French photography market. This is down to the explosion in sales of digital cameras, which are expected to exceed 4 million by the end of the year. The rise of digital photography has hit traditional cameras hard. Sales of normal cameras have been slipping for two years and again tumbled 54 per cent for the first half of 2004 to account for just 2.4 per cent of the market and an interim turnover of Euro 38 million. Even more surprising is that even disposable cameras have



Vale of York Darkrooms

New Digital Photo Frames

In order to help those interested in traditional wet darkroom practices, Peter Heaton - former head of photography at York Art College - has created Vale of York Darkrooms; a darkroom and teaching solution at Stillington, 10 miles north of York, North Yorkshire. Vale of York Darkrooms offer a range of Black and White photographic courses throughout the year. They are suitable for absolute beginners through to the more experienced photographer, and cover traditional and experimental photographic techniques. The fully equipped darkroom is also available for hire to groups or individuals, though a low-cost annual membership is required prior to any hire usage.

AgfaPhoto has introduced six new digital photo frames ranging from 7 to 10 inches in size. The AgfaPhoto AF5108PS, AF5088PS and AF5078PS are for photos only, whereas the AgfaPhoto AF5108MS, AF5088MS and AF5078MS are multimedia frames that can also play back videos and music. All of these frames feature a 4:3 aspect ratio and SVGA resolution (i.e. 800x600 pixels). All photo frames also have LED backlight LCD screens and use “Crystal Image HD” technology, which applies automatic adjustments to brightness, contrast, hue, colour balance and so on. The recommended retail prices range from €49.99 to €139.99, depending on model.

PRO PICKS We asked four photographers what they consider to be the most important inventions and innovations over the past 100 years

MARTIN PARR DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER “For me, the biggest innovation is the gradual takeover of digital, which means permananent prints, no messy chemicals and the image quality to match the best of film.” To see Martin’s work , go to

BOB MARTIN EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER “Photography is all about light, so the invention of small electronic flash guns is important. The real innovation, though, is wireless TTL flash and the ability to control several remote flash guns from the camera.” To see Bob’s work , go to



DAMIAN MCGILLICUDDY PORTRAIT & FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER “I’d pick the handlheldflash/light meter, because I think you are whitsling in the wind without one. I use a Skonic 1.758 and rarely use the one bulit into the camera.” To see Damian’s work , go to www.

ROSEMARY CALVERT STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER “Digitall is the most important for m, especially using Photoshop to imporve images. Landscapes can be made to look brighter, a flower’s damaged petal can be repaired and distracting elemants can be removed. It makes it easier to take sellable photos with impact.” To see Rosemary’s work , go to

Lightroom 3.2

and Camera Raw 6.2 available Adobe has pushed Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 out of the door. The release contains new Camera Support for the following cameras: Canon EOS 60D, Casio EXILIM EX-FH100*, Fuji FinePix HS10, Leica S2 (DNG*), Panasonic DMC-FZ100, Panasonic DMC-FZ40 (FZ45), Panasonic DMC-LX5, Pentax 645D, Samsung NX10, Samsung TL500 (EX1), Sony A290, Sony A390, Sony Alpha NEX-3, Sony Alpha NEX-5, Sony SLTA33, Sony SLT-A55V. It also contains new Lens Profile support, direct publishing to Facebook and SmugMug is also available.

Stare Beginning Wednesday, 15 December 2010, the Norton Museum of Art will explore the most basic aspects of photography in Stare: The Pleasures of the Intensely Familiar and the Strangely Unexpected. The exhibition gathers works that are by turns “intricate, outré, opaque, puzzling, and perverse”, created by seven photographers and other artists of “strikingly different sensibilities and concerns”. They are: Diane Arbus (1923-1971); John Coplans (19202003); Walker Evans (1903-1975); Vik Muniz (b. 1961); J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930); Ed Ruscha (b. 1937); and Taryn Simon (b. 1975) The Norton Museum is located at 1451 S. Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00pm. General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for visitors aged 1321, and free for members and children under 13.

Awesome Bird’s-eye View Photography of Dubai

In terms of Photography, “Aerial view” or “Bird’s-eye view” is defined as a view of an object from above, as if the observer were a bird, and it’s often used in making blueprints, floor plans and maps. I’ve hand-picked some of the best pictures taken by various artists, and linked all pictures to the author’s webpages. If you happen to know about any related picture that should be included here, send me its link and I’ll add it as well.

100 Years Of Development have brough us into a world filled with digital imaging innovations you record in the Movie mode is a major attraction, and means you have the best of both worlds in one unit. The flipside to this technology is the still photographers, who are under the perception that they are being forced to pay for a Movie mode they will never use, when all they want is a first-class still camera. An innovation that has great appeal to landscape and senic photographers is the Sony Sweep Panorama mode. on Sony’s Cyber-shot compacts, this mode produces a panorama image from video footage, but on the NEX system cameras, the camera actually takes 20-odd high res still images that are merged in camera. With the right subject being albe to produce seamless stitched images without using a computer means more and more people can get creative.

Potentially one the most exciting recent innovations is the doing away of the reflex mirror in the system cameras. The Sony NEX, Samsung NX10, Olympus PEN family and the Panasonic G-series all have through-the-lens viewing for precise composition and interchangable lenses, but withough using a reflex mirror.There are rumors that Canon and Nikcon are also due to leap on the system camera bandwagon, which would make this innovation even more interesting. With the increasing interesting. With the increasing interest in creative, high-quality photography using DSLR-type cameras, the option of having all t he potential but without the bulk and weight can only be a good thing. The past 100 years have seen huge developments in image-making. With no signs that it’s going to slow down in the next century, we await new announcements with bated breath...



Night Photography Great photos with and without flash



Tripod Mounted D700 Nikon 50mm 1.8 Lens 2 Second Exposure @ f/8 SB-600 in Umbrella, triggered with D700 Flash in TTL Mode with -0.7 EV Self Portrait By:Ryan Pendleton The flash was set to TTL with a negative EV dialed in as to not overpower the shot with blown areas, and I began with the camera set to about 1/125th of a second. This produced some nice shots but the rain was frozen as round droplets and it didn’t give the desired effect. So, I began to slow the shutter down to draw out the droplets into streaks as you see above.



Nikon D700. Feisol-mounted D700 with Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens. I set the ISO to 200 to minimize noise, as I knew much of the photo was going to be black or very dark. I had my aperture set at f/11 in order to have sharpness throughout the photo and my shutter speed (after several test shots) turned out to be 1/50th of a second for optimal results. I stood in the dark with a cigarette in my mouth and an SB-600 unit in my hands, turned down to 1/3rd power so as to not overpower my face. This needed to resemble a lighter so I covered the front of the SB unit with a ‘Full-Cut’ CTO gel which gave it the orange glow. Also in my hand was my remote trigger which fired the camera...





Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSI 1.8 Lens 1/40 Second Exposure @ f/4.0 27 mm Focal Length ISO 1600 Having a direct light source highlight the object with the flash turned off, helps achieve this result when attempting to take a photo in th dark without using flash. Having a good lightsource is key.



Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSI 1.8 Lens 30 Second Exposure @ f/18 EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Flash did not fire Setting up the camera onto a stack of books and turning the camera on and off so that it could extend the lenght of the exposure is how I was able to achieve the lighting effect.



Nikon D3S. Manual 50mm lens Most of my walks around the city streets had me carrying two cameras. I keep the D3X on my tripod, and have that ready to go for serious HDR work. But over my right shoulder, I carry the D3S with a fast lens. In this case, I was using the 50mm prime o capture quick scenes in the streets.



Canon EOS 450D (Xsi) Canon EF 18-200 I had dinner last night in Downtown Seattle so I swung by Kerry Park on the way home and got a few shots...I bet you are all surprised it’s not an HDR...yes I sometimes do non-HDR work too Processing: Photoshop CS4: Rotate, Crop Noiseware: Noise Removal Topaz: Minor Detail Enhancement




Taken by Candice Dunlap





THEN 5th-4th Centuries B.C. Chinese and Greek philosophers describe the basic principles of optics and the camera. 1664-1666 Isaac Newton discovers that white light is composed of different colors. 1727 Johann Heinrich Schulze discovered that silver nitrate darkened upon exposure to light. 1794 First Panorama opens, the forerunner of the movie house invented by Robert Barker. 1814 Joseph Niepce achieves first photographic image with camera obscura - however, the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded.



1837 Louis Daguerre's first daguerreotype - the first image that was fixed and did not fade and needed under thirty minutes of light exposure. 1840 First American patent issued in photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera. 1841 William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process - the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies. 1843 First advertisement with a photograph made in Philadelphia. 1851 Frederick Scott Archer invented the Collodion process - images required only two or three seconds of light exposure. 1859 Panoramic camera patented

1861 Oliver Wendell Holmes invents stereoscope viewer. 1865 Photographs and photographic negatives are added to protected works under copyright. 1871 Richard Leach Maddox invented the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process - negatives no longer had to be developed immediately. 1884 George Eastman invents flexible, paper-based photographic film. 1888 Eastman patents Kodak roll-film camera. 1898 Reverend Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film. 1913/1914 First 35mm still camera developed.

1927 General Electric invents the modern flash bulb.

1968 Earth photographed from Moon

1932 First light meter with photoelectric cell introduced.

1973 Polaroid introduces one-step instant photography with the SX-70 camera.

1935 Eastman Kodak markets Kodachrome film.

1978 Konica introduces first point-andshoot, autofocus camera.

1942 Chester Carlson receives patent for xerography.

1980 Sony demonstrates first consumer camcorder.

1948 Edwin Land markets the Polaroid camera.

1985 Pixar introduces digital imaging processor.

1954 Eastman Kodak introduces high speed Tri-X film.

1991 Kodak DCS-100, first digital SLR, a modified Nikon F3

1960 EG&G develops extreme depth underwater camera for U.S. Navy.

1997 Photomosaics is published

1963 Polaroid introduces instant color film.

1999 Nikon D1 SLR, 2.74 megapixel for $6000, first ground-up DSLR design by a leading manufacturer.

2000 Camera phone introduced in Japan by Sharp/J-Phone 2001 Polaroid goes bankrupt 2003 Four-Thirds standard for compact digital SLRs introduced with the Olympus E-1; Canon Digital Rebel introduced for less than $1000 2004 Kodak ceases production of film cameras 2005 Canon EOS 5D, first consumerpriced full-frame digital SLR, with a 24x36mm CMOS sensor for $3000 2010 Increase in resolution and pixel density for LCD screen on camera







For some reason, flash photography is a topic many people are deathly afraid of and many others don’t fully understand. Flash units are just tools to assist us in our picture taking. They improve our photography by allowing us to control the light. I’m going to discuss flash photography in a manner that, I hope, is easy to understand and should take some of the fear out of using that “F” word (flash not the other “F” word silly). I’ll also cover several ways to use your flash to achieve better results.


Direct Flash Direct flash is what most people are most familiar with, and is when the flash unit emits its burst of light directly at the subject. This is common to all cameras that have a built-in flash unit from simple point and shoot cameras to consumer SLRs. For many years, all flash attachments were designed as a direct flash (many less expensive units are still designed this way today). The characteristics of direct flash are easy to recognize. Images have harsh shadows directly behind the subject and the photos will have little depth to them. Many photographs of people made with direct flash will have a problem with “red-eye” and if you have reflective surfaces behind your subject, such as mirrors, frames, or glass, you’ll have a “hot spot” where the light is reflected off of the surface.



Some of these problems can be resolved with relative ease if you can move the flash off the camera. Moving your subject away from the background, or raising the flash and angling it to drop the shadow down behind your subject, can allow you to loose the shadow. Angling the flash will also help prevent the flash from reflecting off of mirrors or glass back into the lens. The one advantage of the direct flash is it can reach longer distances than any other method of flash photography. Looking at the example here, one of the first things you’ll notice is the distracting, harsh shadow on the fence in the background. To capture this shot without the shadow, we should have moved our subject further away from the fence. This would have allowed the shadow to fall to the ground directly behind the model.

2 In-Depth 1 In the first direct flash photo

- the photographer is using the direct flash to even out her skin tone and bring dramatic lighting to the photograph.

2 The direct flash adds to

the levels of the photograph to show the individual hairs of the man’s head and the details of his face and hands.

Fill Flash Whenever I tell people to use their flash outside on a bright day to improve their photographs they look at me as if I were out of my mind. The midday sun is a very harsh light source and creates pictures that have high contrast. Highlights will be blown out and the shadows are usually deep. The brightness range from the highlights to the deep shadows will generally exceed what the film can capture. If you expose for the highlights, you’ll loose your shadow detail. If you expose for the shadow detail, you will blow out your highlights. Fill flash is used to add illumination to your foreground to help balance the light levels of your subject and the shadow areas so the film can capture both. Fill flash can also be used to brighten your subject when being lit from behind (backlight). In our first example of the model sitting in the window, you’ll notice there’s

3 Fill Flash is used to get

a distinct shadow line across the model’s chest. Without the use of a fill flash, her face would have been in a deep shadow and the front shoulder and the part of her chest that is in the sun would have been the only parts illuminated well. If we had exposed for the shadow area, the front shoulder and chest area would have been completely washed out. With the fill flash, we were able to illuminate the area in the shadow and keep from blowing out the areas in the sun. The result: we get a well-balanced, flattering look without loosing a sense of direction from the light, even maintaining detail on her hair (right). In the next two examples, the only light source would have been indoor lighting. Without using the fill flash, we almost silhouette the models are the only parts being lit with natural light. By introducing the fill flash, we were able to properly expose the models.


more accurate detail and correct coloring than using direct flash which whites out the facial features

4 The colors of the back-

ground reflect into her hair. The fill flash makes all the colors pop and look more dramatic, then harsh with direct flash.






Bounce Flash

5 Direct lighting is used and the light is bounces of the walls back to the figure using the flash effectively

6 The bouncing of the

lighting adds to the object with making it look more luminescent



One of the best way to avoid the problems of direct flash is to use a bounce flash. Bounce flashes are flash units that have the ability to angle the flash head upward in order to reflect light off of a ceiling or a reflector connected to the flash unit. This technique will give you a soft diffused light that is very flattering for portraits. Bounce will prevent "red-eye" and eliminate harsh reflections from mirrors and glass because the light is not being reflected directly back at the camera. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when using this method of flash photography. First you will have to "previsualize" the angle of the light. Light will reflect at the same angle it is transmitted, so you will have to look at where the light will hit the ceiling and follow the same angle to your subject. This doesn't have to be exact, but you want to make sure the light doesn't drop down too far in front of or behind your subject.

Another important thing to remember is when bouncing off of a ceiling is you'll loose some of the reflected light, typically about two stops. If you're using a dedicated flash on a camera with TTL (Through The Lens) metering, the camera will make the correction for you. If you're using a manual flash, you will have to open your aperture by two stops to compensate for the light loss. If you're using a bounce attachment that attaches to your flash, read the documents packaged with it for the correct exposure adjustment. Again, with a TTL set-up, the camera will make the correct adjustment for you. This is all easier than it sounds once you try it. In the examples here, notice that direct flash causes the flesh tones to wash out slightly and there is some loss of detail. In these shots with the bounce flash, The flesh tones and details are preserved and in the bike. Since I was shooting outside, I used a Lumiquest Pocket Bounce to provide the reflective surface for the flash.

Front Curtain Sync Front curtain sync is the "normal" style of flash synchronization. This means that the flash fires when the shutter first reaches its peak opening. Front sync is used whenever you want to freeze motion at the beginning of the exposure. In our example of the children playing with the ball. It is shown to be in motion and appears that time is standing still.

7 A large sense of mo-

tion is created with Front Curtain Sync in the photo with the Christmas decorations.

8 Front Sync slows down the motion of the ball to make it appear that it is frozen in time and create this cool effect.





Rear Curtain Sync Rear curtain sync fires at the end of the peak shutter opening as opposed to the beginning. When used with a slow shutter speed, you'll create a streak behind your subject and the subject frozen at the end of the frame providing a more realistic motion effect. The photograph on the left you see a more direct sense of motion with the light in the background of the man in streams of light. This is a traditional example of rear curtain sync flash. The photograph on the bottom the woman appears still herself, but everything around her is in motion using a slow shutter speed.


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9 The woman photographed is shown to be stopped in time with motion going on all round her. Using Rear Sync gives her more focus

10 The streak appears in

the photo on the right, in traditional rear sync style. The man is in focus and gives the sense of motion around him.

Stroboscopic Some high-end dedicated flash units have a feature called stroboscopic flash. This mode will allow you to fire the flash rapidly, several times, during one exposure as a subject moves across the frame. Stroboscopic flash is normally used with a long exposure (usually ½ to one full second). The result is a moving subject frozen several times in the frame. When we set up for these shots, we placed the camera ten feet away from

our model and manually set our exposure at f/2.8 for ½ second. We set our flash unit to give us five bursts at 1/16 power. This allowed us to have the flash fire five times evenly spaced during the ½ second exposure.You can increase the power output to get more distance between the camera and model, but you will not be able to get as many bursts per frame. Refer to the documentation for your flash for more information on this feature.

11 11 The slinky looks like there

is more than one slinky bouncing from the same place when in reality it is moving.

12 Stroboscopic flash pho-


tographs create multiples of an object with a slow shutter speed. There appears to be more than one watch but there is only one.



Slow Sync 13 The slow shutter helps show the path of the light and create this loop effect

14 Having a slow shutter

speed creates this band of color in the photograph to make it appear that light is coming off of it and the sense of motion.



You can see that under standing flash really isn't all that hard. All it takes is a little knowledge and some practice for it to become second nature. So go out and try it! With a little experimentation you'll be using your flash like a pro.



Slow sync is when you combine flash with a slow shutter speed (normally 1/30th or slower). This will allow you to expose for low light situations and correctly expose for a subject close to you in the foreground. If you are photographing a moving subject, with front curtain sync, the flash will record the subject at the beginning of the frame while the ambient light will allow a "ghost like" image to "streak" while moving across the frame. The result is an unrealistic image with the motion in front of your subject.


The example on the bottom shows a direct overhead shot with a “ghostly tail� caused by the long exposure with a sense of motion. We took the same shot with a shutter speed of 15 seconds (requiring a tripod) using slow sync, we were able to capture the model moving a card at fast pace to see the projected motion that the model made. Using the slow sync gives another dimension and a cool lighting effect. With the other model we used a strong contrast of night and light to amplify the effect.



Choosing Camera Lenses Choosing camera lenses demands both knowledge of and experience with different types of camera lenses. Although knowing which lenses work best in given conditions is important, a photographer also chooses a particular lens to produce a specific photographic effect. Light, composition and subject matter of a scene all influence photographers’ choices of lenses.

Telephoto Lens The difference between a zoom lens and a telephoto lens is subtle. A zoom lens enlarges and magnifies the image. In contrast, a telephoto lens brings the subject “closer” to the photographer, reducing the distance between objects in the photograph and the camera’s lens. This allows a telephoto lens to show greater detail than the human eye could see at the same distance.

Fisheye Lens Fisheye camera lenses distort the subject image, producing photos with curved and convex appearances. The fisheye lens was first developed for astronomy photography that seeks to capture as wide a range of sky as possible. Today, the fisheye lens has become popular with landscape photographers, as the lens distortion curves horizons and hints at the earth’s curve. A portrait of a person taken with a fisheye lens has the distortion similar to what’s seen when looking through a door’s peephole.

Fixed-Focal Length Camera Lens A fixed-focal length camera lens is a permanent, non-adjustable lens found on some low to mid-range quality cameras. Often (but not always) doubling as a wide-angle lens, fixed-focal lenses tend to work well for low-light photos. A fixed-focal length lens can do wonders for beginning photographers by helping them learn the art of photography.Without zoom capabilities, the photographer



must give more thought to basic photography composition to produce good quality shots. Consequently, a budding photographer may learn the basics of good photography faster if by choosing a fixed-focal length lens. Fixed-focal length camera lenses are less common than they once were, in part because most mid-range digital cameras now have built-in zoom lenses.

Macro Lens A macro lens is used to take extreme close ups of objects. Its short focal length allows the photographer to take pictures at close distances without distortions. The resulting image is as large as, or larger, than the original subject. Choosing a macro lens has been complicated by digital camera settings. Originally, a macro lens was an extension tube for the camera lens. However, today’s digital cameras often have a macro setting. Although the setting replaces the traditional lens, it still produces the same effect as the previous macro lenses. Macro lenses or macro settings are best used for magnifying the details of already small objects. For example, a photographer can use his macro setting to photograph ripples in water, the dew on a flower petal or the crevices of a rock.

Wide-Angle Lens Although some will take landscape shots with telephoto lenses, most photographers opt for the wide-angle lens. Because a wide-angle lens has a wider field of vision than the human eye, it can take in more of a topographical

expanse. Consequently, the wide-angle lens is one of the preferred landscape camera lenses. A wide-angle lens can focus on the foreground and background simultaneously, another ability that the human eye lacks. Wide-angle camera lenses are best for large, dynamic landscapes where background and foreground both catch the eye’s attention. However, a photographer should refrain from using a wide-angle lens if he wants to focus in on the details of a single, distinct subject.

Lens Accessories Choosing among different camera lenses isn’t an issue for most midrange cameras because they already have built-in lenses that cannot be changed. While single lens reflex (SLR) cameras have interchangeable lenses, their steeper prices tend to make them a tool for professionals or serious amateur photographers. For the hobbyist who doesn’t have an SLR camera, front of lens accessories that mimic the effects of certain lenses are available. A front of lens accessory is a disc that clips onto the front of a camera lens to provide specific effects. While some front of lens accessories filter out light, others mimic the effect of a wideangle or fisheye lens. Photos taken with a lens clip on accessory lack the quality of those taken with camera lenses designed for the same effect. As choosing a lens is not possible with many cameras, front of lens accessories increase the average photographer’s options.















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