Speed­light pho­tog­ra­phy

Ex­ter­nal flash plays an im­por­tant part in pro­duc­ing a good photo, writes Razz Roz­zfaisal

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IF you are a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher or an en­thu­si­ast, you will most likely own an ex­ter­nal flash unit, com­monly known as speed­light. It is more pow­er­ful than the built-in flash. Its tilt­ing and ro­tat­ing neck en­ables you to di­rect the light or bounce it off the ceil­ing or side wall.

This will give bet­ter and creative light­ing for your sub­ject, mak­ing your pho­tos more in­ter­est­ing.

You can also use your speed­light off the cam­era — trig­ger it re­motely us­ing a wire­less trig­ger and use a few speed­lights at the same time for creative light­ing.

The in­de­pen­dent bat­tery use also en­ables you to shoot with a flash longer with­out drain­ing the cam­era’s bat­tery.

Here are some of the oc­ca­sions when you need a speed­light.

1. Low-Light con­di­tion: The lat­est cam­era tech­nol­ogy with low-light con­di­tion is some­thing to mar­vel at, but there are times where it is too dark for the built-in flash. I was in Nepal dur­ing win­ter. When I reached the Golden Tem­ple in Kath­mandu, it was al­ready dark. I was able to get this shot of a boy with a speed­light.

2. Back Light con­di­tion: Back light­ing has a dra­matic ef­fect on pho­tos. How­ever, if it is too strong, your sub­ject will be a sil­hou­ette. If you do not want a sil­hou­ette ef­fect, then a speed­light is needed to light your sub­ject.

3. over­cast day:

Plan­ning to shoot on a cloudy day with thick white or grey clouds? It is nor­mally dif­fi­cult to balance ex­po­sure of the bright clouds and your sub­ject. This can be achieved with the help of a speed­light.

4. sun­rise and sun­set:

Usu­ally it will be a colour­ful scene dur­ing this hour. To cap­ture this tran­quil mo­ment, ex­pose your back­ground which usu­ally un­der­ex­poses your fore­ground. Use a flash to brighten your sub­ject in the fore­ground.

5. street Pho­tog­ra­Phy:

Yes, you read it right. Some street pho­tog­ra­phers use speed­light in their work. How­ever, check out the works of Bruce Gilden or Eric Kim be­fore use.

keeP it sim­PLe

Razz

FOUND HIS PAS­SION FOR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

WHILE TRAV­EL­LING ABROAD. HE HAS BEEN IN A RE­LA­TION­SHIP WITH HIS CAM­ERA

EVER SINCE.

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