Video tutorial: TTL fill-flash
This video tutorial on TTL fill-flash settings, is the visual counterpart to this article – Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC). Whether you use on-camera bounce flash, or off-camera TTL flash as in this off-camera flash tutorial, you will need to adjust your FEC to control the amount of TTL flash you get. Adjusting the FEC allows you varying degrees of fill-flash. This video and the article on flash exposure compensation explains a sequence where you get to compare how different levels of fill-flash affect your final photograph.
Also check out these related articles for concepts mentioned in this video:
- Using the histogram to determine exposure
Our initial exposure is based on metering off the white clothing. This gives us a baseline exposure where all the other tones fall into place accordingly. This technique works for available light and for manual flash.
- What should I meter off with the in-camera light meter?
The concept of using the histogram to get to correct exposure is discussed here as well, with an example using available light
- Best fill-flash settings for manual flash
The same idea about fill-flash, applied to manual flash (off-camera).
This video tutorial is one in a series that originally appeared on the Clickin’ Moms website in 2012, but licensing has now reverted back to me, and here we are – a tutorial that might be dated in terms of some of the gear used, but the principles remain the same. In conjunction with all the other articles about off-camera flash photography, these videos should make a good primer on the topic of off-camera flash.
- Off-camera flash tutorial – Flash with no ambient light
- Off-camera flash tutorial – Balancing flash with ambient light
- Off-camera flash tutorial – Off-camera flash on location
- Tutorial: TTL fill-flash
- Video tutorial: Manual flash settings
- How to set up wireless flash with the pop-up flash
For a more up-to-date list of gear for off-camera flash, start with this: Gear list – Starting out with off-camera flash
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.
Video tutorials to help you with flash photography
If you like learning by seeing best, then these video tutorials will help you with understanding flash photography techniques and concepts. While not quite hands-on, this is as close as we can get to personal instruction. Check out these and other video tutorials and online photography workshops.