Random Thoughts

Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

Flash Experiments

To follow up on my previous post about my introduction to flash photography, I'm learning

Strobist info: Single SB-900 full power/85mm, on stand (at kid height) into a soft-silver umbrella camera left. Minor ambient coming from camera way right (err, the kitchen) and camera high-back left (err, the TV).

Time To Learn How To Use A Flash

I hate using a flash. I hate the way it looks. I hate the harshness - the way everything washes. I hate red eye.

Of course, that's because I have no idea how to use a flash properly and as a result I've got pretty good at taking photos in extremely low light conditions.

As I posted before, there's a really cool site, Strobist, that takes all the mysticism out of using a flash and I've been catching up on my reading there.

Time to learn.

Yesterday I ordered a Nikon SB-900, along with a lightweight stand and a shoot-through umbrella. The flash was due to arrive today - we did have two UPS deliveries from Amazon, annoyingly both for my wife ;-)

I guess I'll have to wait until Friday.

I'm really looking forward to working my way through the Strobist “assignments” and improving my photo knowledge toolkit - wish me luck…

Flash Photography

I hate flashes. I really do. I hate the antiseptic feel; the hard shadows; the unnatural light. You'll never see me use a flash.

Of course, this is because I have no idea how to use a flash properly.

I think I've popped the little built in flash on my D200 about three times and hated every single moment of it. As a result I think I've got very good at hand holding the camera - sometimes up to half a second. The stabilization in my primary lens doesn't hurt either (neither does my 80mm 1.8f lens).

But I think I might be missing out.

I need to learn how to use a flash properly.

To this end, I've been reading Strobist a lot recently and man are there some great photographs there. And of course it all looks very geeky and fun.

Check out more of the photographer's work - isn't it astounding?

I think I've been too much of a no-flash snob.

So to set things straight I think I'll start with one of these; a few of these; and maybe a few things from here.

Hmmm. My birthday is just around the corner…

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