I know many at fearful of flash. There are a lot of misconceptions on it as well. Many just don’t love “flashy” photos.
1. Don’t point your bare bulb flash at someone’s face.
If you’ve ever seen a terrible paparazzi photo you know why. To further clarify and my second tip is
2. Small light source, harsh light. Large light source soft light. There’s also something’s to remember. The sun is large so why don’t you put your face pointing towards it? Distance! The sun is huge but since it’s so far away it’s harsh light. The same can be with a large soft box or umbrella if you have it too far you will have harsher light. I tend to put my flash as close as possible without getting it in my shot.
What I mean by harsh light and soft light is harsh light goes to shadow faster creating lots of contrast and harsh lines on the face. It Could be useful if you are going for that look. Soft light meaning it goes to shadow slower creating. Smooth transition from highlight to shadow.
3. You don’t need expensive gear.
I am 100% by this as of now. Many of us can’t afford expensive gear. There are flashes out there like the one I use (Yongnuo 560II) that cost $70. I rather drop that than a $600 canon flash. Of course, the Canon one has more functions but most of us don’t use them. Modifiers like umbrellas and soft boxes you can find on Amazon fairly inexpensive. Keep in mind you often get what you pay for in modifiers. I love Westcott gear and Paul c buff. They make a quality product and really compact like the rapid boxes. Really great quality light comes from them. If you are just getting started something from Amazon won’t hurt. I’ve always said if you can make things look good with inexpensive gear you can make it look amazing with expensive gear.
I hope this has been helpful. Let me know what you’d love to know next or feel free to send me an email. I’d love to help.
August 15, 2017