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Learning about flash photography

SosFM 9 85 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2009 5:15PM
I know all the basic stuff about apertures, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO and even have a good eye for composition. My major stumbling block and always has been is flash photography. I was using a D300 and SB800 speedlight at an event yesterday and my shots were frankly awful. I did not have a clue as to what I was doing and to be honest came away ashamed and annoyed with myself.
I dont really need to do a photography course as such but I do really need tuition on using flash as I just dont get it at all. I dont have a mathematical mind and to me it seems you need one. Flash manuals are written in greek to me.
Can anyone help with advice as to where to go to allow me to understand this side of photography. I have been looking at posts about OCA and C&G but this all seems an expensive outlay for what I need.
Is there anywhere on this site that I can turn to or does any one have any recommended reading or web sites that will "turn on the light" so to speak?


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geoffash26 14 2.5k United Kingdom
5 Sep 2009 5:17PM
This is worth a read Go through all the articles in the right hand index
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
5 Sep 2009 5:27PM
Try here .
SosFM 9 85 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2009 5:43PM
Wow! Thanks, plenty of reading there guys. Will sit and study.
mad-dogs 15 2.2k England
5 Sep 2009 5:47PM

Quote:Wow! Thanks, plenty of reading there guys. Will sit and study.

We'll be asking questions later! Smile
mcgovernjon 9 138 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2009 6:32PM

Quote:We'll be asking questions later!

LOL Smile
croberts 13 2.2k 8 Ireland
5 Sep 2009 10:49PM
the thing that gelled it all for me, was the realisation that the camera light meter, and the camera flash meter were separate things, (and that straight on flash, from the camera, looks crap)

Flash isn't a lot different than full on sunshine, streaming through a really small window, into a room. Only difference is, it has blinds that flick open and closed really fast, and your shooting when the blinds are open.

go on over to Strobist .....If you understand the relationship between shutter and aperture, then you've little else to learn.

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