Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Softly Does It

Using a softbox creates a lovely, flattering light.
In this post, we'll see how to create a flattering light and add a little 'pop' to the photo too. Direct frontal light, such as that produced by on-camera flash, creates very flat lighting that results in a dull photo. So, how can we improve on this flat lighting?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Go Between

Using a 'go between' to improve the background.
Plain backgrounds can be very useful, but if we want to make something a little more 'interesting', some uniquely yours, and something that can be put together in just a minute or two (and cost next to nothing!)? Oh, and we're keeping to the single off-camera flash theme too.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Colour Temperature (Part 2)

Using colour temperature to create a mood in a photo.
In the last post we saw how to create a different feel to a photo through using different colour temperatures in an image. In this post, we'll take a look at why this works with an off-camera flash...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Colour Temperature (Part 1)

Creating contrast with colour temperature

Whilst there is the obvious contrast that can be created by using a harder light source, we can also create contrast of a different kind by playing around with colour temperature. This gives a different feel to the photo and it's just one way of affecting the mood of an image.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Know Your Lights (Part 4)

The lighting setup used for the comparison shots.

Although we've seen each of the three images and talked a little bit about the quality of light for each one, it's not really until you put the three images together that you really get to see the different qualities of the off-camera flash sources...

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Know Your Lights (Part 3)

Interfit Stellar Extreme flash head used bare bulb.

In this post we will look at the results from using the Interfit Stellar Extreme flash head (with no light modifiers) to see what it can achieve. I bought this light several years ago and at the time it represented quite an investment for me (I think it was about the £300 mark back then) - not an inconsiderable amount but I wanted something with more power than a speedlight and capable of taking more light modifiers.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Know Your Lights (Part 2)

Bare head Nikon SB-24 flash / strobe.
In the last post we saw how the Profoto AcuteB flash head / strobe, lit the subject - even with no light modifiers the shadows were not very harsh at all and the result was still quite pleasant. Obviously we could have made it softer still by using a softbox, but that's not the aim of these posts; we want to see the differences between different light sources. In this post we'll take a look at the Nikon SB24 speed light.