Sometimes you’ll be stuck in a situation where you have no other choice to fill light other than to use direct flash. For this tutorial, we have four tips for when you must use direct flash.

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TIP 1: DON’T USE DIRECT FLASH!

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In most situations, you honestly don’t need direct flash. If you’re creative, enough you can bounce off objects or diffuse the light to avoid using direct flash. So carefully consider your options before settling on direct flash.

TIP 2: START BY EXPOSING THE IMAGE FOR THE DESIRED LEVEL OF AMBIENT LIGHT

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What we don’t want to do in a direct flash situation is end up with a heavy flash look. When the ambient exposure starts to drop, then the flash is being applied too liberally. To avoid this, we start by exposing for the ambient background, and then we add in the flash to subtly light up our subject.

TIP 3: USE THE LOWEST FLASH POWER POSSIBLE WHEN FILLING LIGHT OR WHEN USED AS A MAIN LIGHT

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The key word here is subtlety. To avoid the point-and-shoot look, we gracefully add in the flash at the lowest power possible. This will give your image a natural light look rather than a heavy flash look.

TIP 4: SOFTEN THE DIRECT FLASH WITH MODIFICATION FOR BETTER RESULTS

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Use what you have. If you have a napkin, then put that sucker over your flash or bounce off of it to soften the light quality. In this shot, I used the Fstoppers Flash Disc to modify my light to brighten up my subject.

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CHAPTER GETTING OVER THE FEAR, HYPE, & MYTHS

CHAPTER 2: THE BASICS OF FLASH

CHAPTER 3 UNDERSTANDING LIGHT

CHAPTER 4: ON-CAMERA FLASH GEAR BASICS

Chapter 5: DIRECT FLASH DONE RIGHT

Chapter 6: STUDIO LIGHT? JUST BOUNCE IT!

Chapter 7: MORE LIGHTS, REFINEMENT, & CREATIVITY

Chapter 8: CASE STUDIES

Chapter 9: BONUS CHAPTERS

Total Course Run Time: 8H 17M 4S