Back to Basics (Episode 8): Flash Basics
In continuation with my Back to Basics series on DSLR fundamentals, I’ve decided to cover off some flash photography basics. In this eighth episode, I cover:
- Flash duration
- Maximum flash sync speed
- High speed sync
- TTL flash
Overall, flash photography is a fun and interesting topic. It’s adds a new dimension to your photography while also increasing your overall technical proficiency with DSLR photography.
Like any DSLR feature, you can be on “full auto” or you can try to really understand and master flash to produce both natural and striking images. You’ll also learn the limits of your gear and how to overcome them.
As usual, I hope you enjoy this episode. I really value your feedback so please post a comment if you watched it.
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As usual, lots of good videos by Mark Wallace in the Digital Photography 1 on 1 series:
- Episode 1: How Shutter Works and Shutter Sync
- Episode 17: Sync Speed and Flash Duration
- Episode 43: On-Camera Flash Basics
- Episode 57: Rear-Curtain Sync
- Episode 201: Outdoor Speedlight Portraits
- Episode 208: Small Studio Flash Tips
- Episode 226: Using Flash in the Sun
A great blog to follow on the topic of flash photography is one by Niel van Niekerk (Niel vN for short). His blog is called Tangents and I recommend you start on this post about Flash Photography Techniques.