How to make your on-camera flash NOT look like on-camera flash
I was quite honored to be invited by the team at Zeiss Camera Lenses Americas, to take part in their series of Youtube Live events, appropriately called ‘Conversations’. My friend, Tracy, who you might remember from a previous “Two Perspectives” video, where we photographed headshots on location in New York. The topic that Tracy asked me about, is one that regular followers of the Tangents blog will be familiar with – How to make your on-camera flash NOT look like on-camera flash. This Youtube Live event was held via a Zoom video conference and then streamed via YouTube. I answered all the questions that appeared in the chat area.
As always, if you have questions, please post them here (or on the Zeiss Youtube video) – I will gladly answer.
In this Youtube Live video, I show and use my preferred on-camera light modifier – the Black Foamie Thing. The Profoto A1 / A1x does come with a bounce card, which you can turn around and use as a black flag in the same way as I use that piece of foam that I attach to my flashes. I still prefer the less glamorous device – the piece of art foam, because it is flexible and you can control the shape and size of it easily.
On-Camera Flash Photography – revised edition
This book is explains a cohesive and thorough approach to getting the best from your on-camera speedlight.
Particular care was taken to present it all with a logical flow that will help any photographer attain a better understanding of flash photography.
You can either purchase a copy via Amazon USA and Amazon UK, or can be ordered through Barnes & Nobles and other bookstores. The book is also available on the Apple iBook Store, as well as Amazon Kindle. Also check out the Amazon Kindle store.
Learn more about how the cover image was shot.
- Bouncing your flash tutorial
- Black Foamie Thing – my preferred light modifier for on-camera flash
- More articles how to best use on-camera flash