Controlling bright daylight with direct off-camera flash
Working with Molly K as our model during an personal photography workshop in New York, we put into action the thought-process when using flash in very bright light. There's a specific algorithm that gets us to optimal settings.
But, as usual, there's more to a final image than just the numerical settings on the camera ... Read more inside...
For correct flash exposure, 4 things need to be controlled and balanced:
- distance (from the flash to subject)
- power (the flash's actual blitz of light, taking into consideration any diffusion)
Two things relate to camera settings, and two things relate to the flash itself.
To really understand flash photography, it is essential to memorize those 4 things.
If you need an acronym to remember things more easily: PAID
Power, Aperture, ISO, Distance.
There are distinct ways in which flash exposure is controlled though - Manual Read more inside...