It’s funny how like-minded individuals tend to somehow, and often, find each other, and with the internet it’s all the more easy. Photography, like sports, has this way of pulling together kindred spirits. Actually, I could even reduce it to the act of purchasing a DSLR. Any of you who’ve walked around clutching one know all too well how people assume your ownership of one such device is indicative of your ‘pro’ status, and those interested in photography seem to come out of the woodwork.
Then, if you’ve been doing it long enough, friends who begin to get into the field will view you as a sort of never-ending abyss of photographic knowledge. This happens to me rather often, and most recently with one of my best friends. Inevitably and invariably the topic of ‘flash’ arises and sends them into a spiral of misery, because it can take a bit of testing and reading to understand how to get flash to work for you…but who the hell reads manuals anymore really? Okay, fine, I do, but I’m a freak.
Anyway, Karl Taylor, British photographer whose work we’ve featured before, has a very instructive, informative video in which he explains the uses of flash guns, what the features & settings mean, and how to navigate them. It’s such a quick hit of information I figured those who are just getting into using flash, or perhaps those who’d like a refresher course, would get good use out of this.
Also, if you’re hungry for more, our own Michelle Ford has a highly useful video explaining flash sync speeds which is a good follow up.
Taylor is a venerable professional and has the breadth of work and acclaim to prove it. He does offer a host of other informative videos which you can find on his YouTube channel, and more to offer on his blog. I like that he takes his time to explain and doesn’t rush to finish within 4 or 5 minutes. He’s also not condescending or patronizing, which is always clutch.
Source: YouTube (Images are screen captures via featured video)