Lighting 101

Lesson 25 of 65

On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

 

Lighting 101

Lesson 25 of 65

On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

 

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

  1. Chapter 1 Introduction
  2. Why Just One On-Camera Flash
  3. 5 Reasons to Use Flash
  4. Common Flash Myths
  5. What Makes Flash Challenging?
  6. Chapter 2 Introduction
  7. Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light
  8. Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure
  9. Flash vs. Ambient Demo
  10. Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect
  11. Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect
  12. Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect
  13. Understanding Flash Duration
  14. Chapter 3 Introduction
  15. 5 Common Key Light Patterns
  16. 5 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill
  17. 5 Common Secondary Light Patterns
  18. 3 Primary Subject Patterns
  19. Light Qualities
  20. The Inverse Square Law
  21. Inverse Square Law in Practice
  22. Corrective White Balance
  23. Creative White Balance
  24. Chapter 4 Introduction
  25. On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash
  26. Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes
  27. TTL vs. Manual Control
  28. TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times
  29. Flash Power & Zoom
  30. HHS vs. ND Filters
  31. FCS vs. RCS
  32. Chapter 5 Introduction
  33. 4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
  34. Bare Bulbing Done Right
  35. Grid Snoot + Direct Flash
  36. Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
  37. Ring + Direct Flash
  38. Understanding Modifiers
  39. Direct Flash + Shutter Flash
  40. Chapter 6 Introduction
  41. Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash
  42. Silver Bounce
  43. More Light Silver
  44. Soft White Bounce
  45. Overhead Bounce
  46. Overhead Bounce + Fill
  47. Event Bounce
  48. Chapter 7 Introduction
  49. Natural vs. Dramatic Light
  50. Filling and Refining Existing Light
  51. Coloring Light for Corrective Effect
  52. Coloring Light for Creative Effect
  53. Chapter 8 Introduction
  54. Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset
  55. Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset
  56. Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot
  57. Case Study 4 - Family Portrait
  58. Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits
  59. Case Study 6 - Working Angles
  60. Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite
  61. Case Study 8 - Less is More
  62. The Good Karma Jar
  63. Favorite Feature Flashes
  64. Favorite Manual Flashes
  65. Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers

Reviews

Sid
 

The best class for understanding light and lighting there is bar none. Pye is an excellent teacher and the quality of the material provides for a rich and very informative experience. Pye breaks down the fundamentals in easy to digest packets and then elaborates as needed. If there is one class that you watch this is it! Worth purchasing and saving for future use. I would also HIGHLY recommend downloading the saving the PDF of slides that accompany the videos. Again, and can't say it enough, this is THE BEST video to lighting on Creative Live. A must watch for the novice and the expert.

George Gan
 

Pye...it was well worth your b.tt...Great training. I have learned some key lighting techniques from this training. His voice and training is clear except for his attempt at making jokes and singing...you should hire a new script writer for your Jokes...ha ha ha ha. With that said, if you are not a professional in lighting, you do gain a lot going through this training from front to end. Remember this is lighting 101 so don't expect too much...you want more technical and complexity, wait for Lighting 201, 301 or 401 ...

user-cf400f
 

AMAZING course. Great information for people just starting out with using a flash and manipulating light. Pye has a great sense of humor so he keeps you interested but still explains everything really well.