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Flash Guns: Settings & Features Explained | Informative Video By Karl Taylor

By Kishore Sawh on May 17th 2014

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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.

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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 youbut 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.

Thoughts

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)

About

A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Juan David Molina

    In this video there is a bad understanding in GN (guide number) concept, then the explanation is wrong. The GN is a mathematical equation that gives you the diaphragm aperture ( f number ) that you have to use in each known distance (d), in the following way: GN=(d)x(f). Then if you want to “reach” the 50m that the video says with a GN 58 flash the equation is the following: 58/50=f , then you have to open your len to f:1.2 (that is posible but expensive) or if you put f: 4.0 like the video says, then you will not reach the 50m. I mean: 58(d)x(4.0) then 58/4.0=(d) and you will “reach” a subject in a correct exposure at 14.5m of distance and not 58m!!. To reach 58 meters with f4.0 you will need a very powerful studio flash that can give you a GN of 232. This GN is given to you by the manufacturer in iso 100 and meters, but sometimes in feet, then you have to read carefully to avoid miss understanding.

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