Photo of the day: Lucas on the porch

by DaniGirl on June 2, 2014 · 2 comments

in Photo of the Day

One of my favourite models, helping me practice my on-camera fill flash techniques on the porch today.

Lucas on the porch

I have been swearing for years that I would learn off-camera flash. I have taken at least two workshops, read many books and countless blog posts. I’ve bought umbrellas, gels, softboxes, and modifiers, all chasing the magic key that would unlock my understanding. I’ve tinker with the flash every now and then, but I have never come close to being comfortable with the technique. Everything I read said I needed to get the flash off the camera, but there were just too many variables for me to control to consider using it for a portrait session.

And yet, when I looked back at a lot of recent work, I was able to see that this is a technique I simply must master. I spent a couple of years learning exposure and composition inside and out, and most of last year teaching myself photoshop and lightroom magic. This is the year that I internalize how to use the flash, on camera and off. This is simple fill flash from an external flash mounted on the hot shoe. It helps add a little light to Lucas’s face and that sparkle to his eye, and helps balance the bright light behind him.

Is it the most creative lighting ever? Nope. Is it flat and directionless, like most on-camera flash? Nope. Is it a good place to start? Yep. 🙂

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah McCormack June 2, 2014 at 6:39 am

I like it!

2 Jodie June 2, 2014 at 6:54 am

I think this is a really nice picture!

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