Samathy from Stories by Samathy on Medium
Talking about shooting with an on-camera flash at Coventry MotofestÂ 2018.
Iâ€™ve never really used my flashgun before, mostly because on the odd occasion that I have used it at a shoot I ended up with under, or over exposed images and thus never wanted to risk wasting time and shots just to practice.
Last Saturday I decided to seriously try out my flash at an event where my photos were purely for myself, rather than with the intent to sell them.
I was shocked to find my results to be fantastic!
The day was probably quite appropriate for shooting with an on camera flash.
It was a little overcast and although bright-ish, things just were not popping very much.
So adding some light from a flash workedÂ well.
The subjects seemed to work for flash too, shinyÂ cars!
I found that to get the exposure right I had to dial up the shutter speed or aperture so my camera was showing a couple 0.1 stops over exposure, otherwise the image would look too dark. Despite using i-TTL mode.
I wonder if this is because of using a diffuser and angling the flash at about 60 degrees, some of the light would be directed upwards and not hit theÂ subject.
Using the flash without a diffuser was terrible, all images just had hugely over-exposed sections where the flash hit.
The regular hard-plastic diffuser that came with my flash is â€˜fineâ€™â€Šâ€”â€Šbut the new one is certainly better. It results in a softer light that is much more directed towards the subject than the plastic one.
Instead, I used a diffuser Iâ€™d got from Amazon a few daysÂ before.
From the above comparison it is clear to see that the new diffuser provides more light more widely spread across theÂ image.
The added benefit of this item is that it has a reflector in the back on the insideâ€Šâ€”â€Šallowing me to easily shoot portrait with on-camera flash and just rotate the diffuser so that light is still being bounced toward the subject from the front. Rather than the light ended up hitting the left or right side of theÂ subject.
Below are a bunch of my favourite images from the event. But I got about 100 goodÂ ones.
It was a lot of fun being able to try out new equipment without the pressure of having to produce goodÂ images.
I now feel confident to get good photos with an on-camera flash.
Shooting different subject for once was also fun! When shooting static subjects one has a lot more time to choose the composition of an image. Although I note now that most of my images see the subject square in the centre of theÂ frame.