Lighting 101

 

Lighting 101

 

Lesson Info

On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

We're gonna take this from the top with onboard versus hot shoe flash. Why? Because, well, I need you all to go out and buy a hot shoe flash if you don't already have one now, you can watch this entire course to figure out which hot shoe flash you want. That's fine, great dandy. But you're eventually going to need one because all the techniques that were teaching you really are done with a hot shoe flash. So let's, move on and say why let's talk first about onboard flash, this is the rebel t five I okay, this is the same camera that we used for the photography one a one a workshop now the hot shoe are sorry the onboard flash is this guy that's just built into the camera. Okay, so to get to and I'm gonna press this little flash button and there it is. What are the pros of this tiny little flash? Well, there's, kind of on ly to someone that is great and look, I scratch that see it there's a scratch there no it's not great. It works if you're in a pinch. Okay, if you have absolutely no ch...

oice and you just need to add flash, then yes, this will work and there is some limited flash functionality there but the only other pro to it is that it's basically always with you I mean is built into the camera so it goes everywhere you go on the con side of this it's extremely difficult to modify now modify in every sense of the word it's difficult to control the direction of like it's difficult to control the amount to control advanced features to control color all these things are it's just difficult to modify condom or too is that it also has limited functionality we don't have all the advanced features like rear curtains sink and so forth and that's basically to depend on which camera body you have and that will tell basically what features are built into this onboard flash but it's going very in general though you're not going to get the features that you would in a hot flash all right number three has limited power okay look at how tiny this little guy is in this tiny little guy I mean even compared to this flash which we always talk about an onboard flash or sorry the horseshoe flash head as being small we need to modify it look at this guy this guy's tiny in comparison to this guy okay? So it's a very small light and it has a kind of very limited overall power lastly you're gonna have a lot of red eye when you're shooting with your onward flash. Why? Because the flash is directly above the lens and it's very close to linz. So this light is basically going directly into the eye at the same angle that you're firing from. All right, you're going to get a lot more red eye with an onboard flash, and then you will with hush you so let's, go over to this guy. Now I have here my five mark three. This is the camera that we're using throughout the entire workshop. Don't worry us. Use any camera. You want any linds you want really? Your results going very similar. So long as you can get down to a similar aperture that were shooting at or similar focal length. Okay, so don't worry about the camera. We proved that it's. Not about the camera in photography. One on one, we shot the entire workshop with a rebel and with a nikon dvd. Two hundred. Okay, so let's, talk about the hot shoe flash. Now the biggest deal with the hot flash. Is that it's super easy to modify your direction of light? I mean, look at this. We can control the head anyway. We want. Well, I got to do is push down this little button inside. I can turn it from left to right. I can turn it behind me. I can point up. Point it down. Go straight on. I have full control over the direction of light. In addition, I can modify the quality very easily. But none of these modifiers are you really gonna work well with onboard flash next? What do we have? Point number three is that we have a lot more power. Okay, we have a bigger flash head, which is going to give us a slightly softer light. It's still not big enough to really gives a soft light, but it's better than this. Ok, it also has more power than this. We have a lot more functionality. We have different modes. We have tl we have manual, we have recurrent sink. We have high speed sync. We have all these additional full features in a full feature flash. Now, if you're talking about a manual flash, well, you're mean more limited on features on a manual flashing we'll discuss. The difference is between full feature versus manual fletchers in just a little bit, but we have a lot more features with one of these types of flashes versus an on board. Okay, next red eye is going to be very rare because is mounted above the hashi okay, so the flash is actually coming from a decent distance above the lens and so you're not getting that direct kind of reflection from the eye that you would at the flat for mountain directly above the lens so we'll get red eye far less often with a hot flash than you would with an onboard flash. What are the cons? Okay, there's really only two cons number one is that there's an additional cost to this flash and depending what when you get it can vary a manual hashi flash is going to cost around one hundred bucks full feature ones would go from two, three hundred up to five, six hundred dollars pretty easily that's definitely a lot more, considering this entire camera body was probably six or seven hundred bucks. Okay, so that comes with the onboard ship flash built in the other con to it is that they're just more to carry, and for some people, that might actually be an issue for some, it might not, but it's just another piece of gear, which you could potentially forget. And if for example, I forget my or if I just don't take my hot flash with me with an advanced camera like a five day mark three it doesn't even have an onboard flash built in some kind of out of luck there, but it's. One more thing to carry, but it's going to be worth it overall. And so my advice to you is, if you don't already have hot shoe flash, watch this entire workshop and then decide what features are important to you. What's your budget in your price range and go out and buy one. At that point. If you already have one, then great. Grab the one that you have. Put it on your camera and let's. Go to the next video.

Class Description


Lighting 101 follows in Photography 101's footsteps. Photography 101 takes students up through Manual Mode mastery and provides a foundation in natural light techniques and modifications. Lighting 101 picks up by teaching all about flash and light modification. But, just like Photography 101, we want Lighting 101 to be the most accessible lighting course available. So we teach you everything about flash lighting, light modification, ambient to flash balance, lighting patterns, off-camera lighting and even multi-point off-camera light setups. But, what makes Lighting 101 truly special is that we do all of this with nothing but your on-camera hot shoe flash. Every image shown and created in this course was created with a DSLR and just a single on-camera hot shoe speed light. 

Lessons

1Chapter 1 Introduction
2Why Just One On-Camera Flash
35 Reasons to Use Flash
4Common Flash Myths
5What Makes Flash Challenging?
6Chapter 2 Introduction
7Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light
8Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure
9Flash vs. Ambient Demo
10Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect
11Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect
12Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect
13Understanding Flash Duration
14Chapter 3 Introduction
155 Common Key Light Patterns
165 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill
175 Common Secondary Light Patterns
183 Primary Subject Patterns
19Light Qualities
20The Inverse Square Law
21Inverse Square Law in Practice
22Corrective White Balance
23Creative White Balance
24Chapter 4 Introduction
25On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash
26Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes
27TTL vs. Manual Control
28TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times
29Flash Power & Zoom
30HHS vs. ND Filters
31FCS vs. RCS
32Chapter 5 Introduction
334 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
34Bare Bulbing Done Right
35Grid Snoot + Direct Flash
36Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
37Ring + Direct Flash
38Understanding Modifiers
39Direct Flash + Shutter Flash
40Chapter 6 Introduction
41Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash
42Silver Bounce
43More Light Silver
44Soft White Bounce
45Overhead Bounce
46Overhead Bounce + Fill
47Event Bounce
48Chapter 7 Introduction
49Natural vs. Dramatic Light
50Filling and Refining Existing Light
51Coloring Light for Corrective Effect
52Coloring Light for Creative Effect
53Chapter 8 Introduction
54Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset
55Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset
56Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot
57Case Study 4 - Family Portrait
58Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits
59Case Study 6 - Working Angles
60Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite
61Case Study 8 - Less is More
62The Good Karma Jar
63Favorite Feature Flashes
64Favorite Manual Flashes
65Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers