Sometimes the best portraits I have taken are the ones which had the least preparation, the least amount of thought and the least amount of expectations. Read the rest of this entry »
Tag Archives: off camera flash
Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 46mm
1/300 f/4 ISO 100
Learning to utilise off camera flash has given my portrait work a new dimension. The easiest and quickest setup for me is to use 2 speedlites, 1 master mounted on camera as fill and the other as a slave acting as the main light. The master defaults to group A and set the slave as group B, set the speedlites on eTTL-II and control the ratio between the groups, make sure the main is placed to give a nice shadow effect relative to the fill on camera flash and there you have it.
I have been researching and experimenting with photography concepts the last couple of months. One of the aspects of photography which always leaves me nervous is my usage of flash. I had always thought that bouncing my on-camera flashfrom ceilings and walls would be sufficient for getting great pictures until I realised that off camera flash would allow greater creativity. Looking at sites such as the Strobist site, Joe Mcnally’s site and Matt Adcock’s Flashflavor site really opened my eyes.
I found a brilliant site by Chuck Gardner who spent a considerable amount of time talking about Canon’s Speedlite system. You should read the article of using multiple speedlites on the site as it very clearly explains how to use 2 speedlites (1 mounted on camera as the master and 1 mounted ona tripod as slave). I’ve been getting some brilliant results using the Chuck’s concepts.
Anyway, I’ll share the pictures at a later post. What I really want to write about is my new flash diffuser which I made from instructions on how to make a DIY flash diffuser from Chuck Gardner.
Love it. Love it. Love it. The quality of light is so different and I now actually feel like I have total control over the lighting strategy. Have a look and try it out. I found the most difficult item to source is the material for the diffuser itself. This foamy stuff is difficult to find until I finally found something which could work which was a camping site ‘mattress’. I’ll post a picture of it later.
Update: Go see my self portrait using the flash diffusers
2nd Update: I’ve improved the flash diffusers. Go to my post called flash diffuser to see it.