Skip to main content

wk 6 Camera Use: Flash

Today looked at the flash - Caryline took us through the various ways to use flash.  Speedlights sync with aperture, they read the light and chose the settings which would suit the light readings.  The output will correspond to the reading of the camera.

Direct flash

    • this is when your light source in placed in front of your subject.  The result is very harsh light and photos appear quite raw.   Good to use in the daytime as you would a reflector to fill in shadows
Here is an example of a shot taken before and after using direct flash
f5.6, 1/200, ISO 100 - Without direct flash

With direct flash

Bounce flash

    • Can be used inside, where you can bounce light off the side of walls, ceiling or behind a subject
    • Can use a piece of white paper if you do not have a bounce attachment
Here is an example of a shot taken using a bounce attachment
f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 100 - Taken without any flash

Taken with bounce card facing forward

Taken with bounce card facing wall

Diffused flash using half moon

    • Used to diffuse light
Here is an example of a shot taken with a half moon over the flash one taken at 1/60th and the other at 1/200th
f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 100
 Under/over exposing a background

 Here are examples of under and over exposed backgrounds
This is an example of an over exposed background, where the subject and background are in the sun.

f/18, 1/100, ISO 100 - Taken with flash and over exposed
f/13, 1/50, ISO 100
This is an example of an overexposed background taken in the shade and the background
f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100
 This is an example of an underexposed background.  Although there are other people in the background, because the subject is lit up, they the main focus


f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 100 - flash and under exposed
This is an example of underexposed background.
f/8, 1/200, ISO 100

Flash and blur

This is done with longer shutter settingsThe flash goes off at the end of the exposure, freezing the action at the end.  This feature allows for ambient light to be recorded and is often used when shooting bands with lighting in the background.

f/8, 2", ISO 100

f/8, 2", ISO 100
My favourite photos are the flash and blur ones.  We had heaps of fun shooting these, i wanted to emphases the movement more, which you can see in the first photo the camera picks up Cecilia's arm and face.  We started using colour which was awesome. 

f/4.5, 1.0, ISO 100

f/4.5, 1.0, ISO 100
Cecilia is skipping hereBelow Cecilia is running, her body is almost transparent against the curtain. 

f/4.5, 1.0, ISO 100


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Portfolio Wk 6 - presentation ideas

My plan for printing this week has been halted because i have two options in mind.  Last week i was really pushing to get some tests prints done so that i could make a decision on which paper to print on.  The four images i chose were ones that i thought signified the vision of my work.  This is to produce images which showed the nature of my subjects.  An embodiment of their personality, from my perspective.  These four images were strong edits i thought, and captured a side to my subjects well, these came out of a natural flow and connection in the studio.  In terms of paper i have chosen the Hammulher paper, mainly because i like the warm tones that it gives to the black and white images.  I also like the defined details in the textures which elevate the photos when they're viewed up close.  The test printing was valuable because i was able to see the images on the prints, which gives me a better perspective as to how the work will be viewed close up.

I got on the buzz of prese…

Wk 2 Depth of field Artist: Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado Is a Brazillian social documentary photographer and photojournalist.  He started taking photographs in his 30s.  Sebastiao Salgado works on long term, self assigned projects.  He devotes years at a time to document the stories of people and places.  Many of his works have been published as books The Other Americas, Sahel, Workers, Migrations and Genesis.  His most famous pictures are of the gold mine in Brazil called Serra Pelada.

Sebastiao has an amazing body of work.  The images i have chosen showcase how he uses Depth of Field to capture the essence of his subjects.


This is an example of wide depth of field.  As we know wide depth of field focus range covers a large area front-to-back.  Depending on a lens camera range this could be from several yards in front of the focus plane to nearly infinity behind.  These types of photos are often associated with landscapes and architectural photography. It is useful to show a multitude of visual elements or characteristi…

Wk 2 - Aperture Priority (AV)

Week 2 Aperture controls the area over which light can enter your camera.

More light f/1.4 = Shallow Depth of Field (narrow)
Less light  f/22  = Greater Depth of Field (wide)
(The Depth of field is the area of the image that is in focus)

Our task in class was to take a photograph with three elements: one in the foreground close to the camera, one in the middle ground and one in the background.  Focus on the element in the foreground.  Shoot this scene with the lowest aperture your lens will allow, then F/8 and then F/22.


I chose the tripod to be in the foreground, the model to be in the middle ground and the trees to be in the background
As you can see in this photo the tripod is in focus, while the middle and background is out of focus - This is what is known as a shallow or narrow depth of field.

At this setting the depth of field stretch out towards the subject. If the subject was closer to the tripod you would be able to see her more clearer.  Although she is some distances fro…