Photography Tips For Beginners – Speedlight Photography Techniques 101

hi and welcome to this crane happy tutorial today we’re talking about speed lights now if you know a little bit about these already this is probably going to be the wrong tutorial for you this is a super super beginner tutorial this is meant for people who have pretty much never used a speed light before so let’s get into it this is a young new Oh yn5 60 – – it does everything we needed to do it does not have ETTL which basically means flash auto having the flash kind of think for you how bright it should be I don’t like the flash thinking for me I want to make my own choices so I just leave it on manual and it does a perfect job there’s three things that you want to think about when you are working with a flash especially as a beginner the first thing you want to think about is Flash intensity now that’s what these fractions mean okay so 1 1 1 / 2 1 / 4 these are just simple fractions to give you an idea of how much flash power is coming out so just remember from fourth grade when you did fractions 1 over 1 is 1 so that’s going to be 100% of the flash power coming out right super-bright I rarely rarely use one over one and then you can do 1/2 1/4 power 1/8 power and then you can actually go in between you know in between 1/8 and 1/4 if you if you want just a little bit more lighter a little bit less light you don’t have to do just the straight-up fractions you can go you know 1/8 power plus 0.5 right or 1/8 power plus point 7 the second thing that you need to to think about is the zoom now the zoom right now it’s at 105 you can put it on 24:28 some people just match it up with whatever lens they’re using but honestly all this does is it just moves the flash element can you see that moving in there it just moves that flash element up and down and really all that does is it either concentrates the flash or it lets the flash shoot a little bit wider so really the only the only reason why you need to change that is let’s say you want your Flash to shoot farther it’s better if you concentrate it and then it will kind of throw farther versus if you kind of let it just open up wide and then it won’t go as far because it’s going to be spread out okay so if you if you want it to go farther you’re going to want to put it up to like 105 or or 80 millimeters but that’s really all it does and the third thing you need to think about is the angle okay you can move this thing all over the place when it’s connected to your camera this top part goes everywhere wherever you want it to go you can shoot your face if you shoot yourself in the face with the flash you can and a lot of photographers start here right there shooting you see the flash shooting directly at people that is pretty much the worst thing that you can do and that’s why beginner flash photographers hate the images that they shoot with flash because they’re basically just getting that deer in headlights look because they don’t know really what else to do with it they’re assuming well I need to get the light over there so I guess I’ll just point it towards the person and it’ll get a good shot but that’s not how it works the light you fall in love with when you see other people’s images are most likely when the lights coming in from the side of the shot or from the back of the shot where a slight angle off the front so I’m going to ask you soon and some other tutorials to get your flash off the camera but for a beginner even if your flash is on the camera you can spin it around and have it bouncing off certain things in order to get light to hit your subject at a different angle even if it’s attached to your camera so first rule is never ever point your flash at somebody directly you’re just not going to like it or maybe if you do then that’s just your thing but I guarantee 99% your shots will not turn out the way you want them to turn out so that’s pretty much all that’s pretty much all there is as far as starting we’re going to take a look at some other more advanced things and other tutorials but thank you so much for watching please subscribe and give me a thumbs up just so you can help other people find this video other beginners like you thank you so much for watching

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