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Alan Clogwyn
22nd November 2010, 09:40 AM
Any websites I can visit that will actually explain a little about using flash?

Theres so much too it, I'm a bit lost!

snaarman
22nd November 2010, 09:52 AM
This is (for me) the definitive blog and guide to of camera flash.. The Strobist..

http://strobist.blogspot.com/

Find the intro ot "101" articles and have a read, it may be a bit too hard core, equally it may be just what you need...

It does major on using off camera flash in manual rather than auto mode, but there's a lot to learn.


Pete

shenstone
22nd November 2010, 12:19 PM
I can heartily recommend this book

http://www.wildplaces.co.uk/products/books/imagesbelow.html

Whilst it's specifically on underground photography and from the film days it's a great grounding in the basic principles ... and I get to appear in it quite a few timeas as a model or helper (not I don't get comission on sales :mad:)

Regards
Andy

photo_owl
22nd November 2010, 04:52 PM
This is (for me) the definitive blog and guide to of camera flash.. The Strobist..

http://strobist.blogspot.com/

Find the intro ot "101" articles and have a read, it may be a bit too hard core, equally it may be just what you need...

It does major on using off camera flash in manual rather than auto mode, but there's a lot to learn.


Pete

another vote for this resource - work through it carefully and you will have a solid understanding of what happens if...then it's down to the creative in you!

Alan Clogwyn
22nd November 2010, 05:16 PM
Cheers guys, I've had a quick look through that website and have already learnt a few things, Still a way to go.

I'm specificaly interested in using it 2 ways: As only light source for night time Rally photography, and as a creative light source during the day, maybe a little portraiture if I feel brave enough.

shenstone
22nd November 2010, 05:26 PM
I should have added my vote for the srobist site - it's very good

A couple of things ... the early articles talk a lot about PC cords and I don't think this is the way to go for anything complex as you soon end up in spagetti.

However I do think as a minimum everyone who own's a flashgun should have a ttl synch cord such as the CB-05 http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/198_FL-CB05.htm it's by far the easiest way to get the flash away from the lens and it's pretty east to hold camera in one hand and flash in the other There are plenty of discussions on alternatives in the accessories section in this forum

Later on in strobist they do talk about remote wireless systems and I personally invested in one that they mention http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/home.php/

I used these in my recent shoot in Dinas Silica Mines http://www.shenstone.me.uk/galleries/underground/dinas/index.html (http://www.shenstone.me.uk/galleries/underground/dinas/index.html) and they worked very well over reasonable distances. I didn't try anything extreme in that shoot so I can't comment on ultimate distance

Regards
Andy

photo_owl
22nd November 2010, 08:13 PM
Cheers guys, I've had a quick look through that website and have already learnt a few things, Still a way to go.

I'm specificaly interested in using it 2 ways: As only light source for night time Rally photography, and as a creative light source during the day, maybe a little portraiture if I feel brave enough.

unless you are going to use off camera flash set ups the Rally shots are both the easiest and the hardest - the easiest to understand what and why; the hardest to achieve satisfactory results.

mixing light sources exposure wise is the harder technically, but the most satisfying to get right. Strobist will help with the latter but the former is a real practice practice practice - includes things like angles to avoid. Paradoxically you can also try creative approaches to the rally shots - first and second curtain, multipul shots with only one flash exposure etc etc

CaptainD
22nd November 2010, 08:47 PM
Dear Pete,

Thanks for the web link, at this rate I will need a long dark winter to read and watch all of the articles. There certainly is wonderful selection to choose from.

Cheers

Chris *chr

Graham_of_Rainham
23rd November 2010, 12:56 AM
Alan,

I am going to state the obvious here:

Experiment...

Work out in your own mind what you want the lighting to look like, then play about with different positions, setting etc., untill you get what you want.

I use a Hair Dressers "Block" buy a head of broccoli (or whatever) will work just as well... If you have problems visualising the light, buy a small (but bright) lamp (I get things from 1 shops) and use that to get the angles, distances, etc., how you want them.

Use one light and a reflector. It's all you need. DIY the reflectors (bacofoil) white card. So much more satisfying when you come up with it done your way...

*chr

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