ON-CAMERA FLASH TRICKS

Utilizing a multi-point light setup is a practical exercise that will help you build an understanding of two and/or three light setups. In this tutorial, we use a single on-camera flash to create images that look like they were made with a four or five light setup.  So without further ado, here are three tips on how to properly execute a multi-point light setup.

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TIP 1: ALWAYS START WITH ONE LIGHT

Starting with one light enables you to have a framework in understanding how to properly set up your lighting. Depending on which main light modifier you utilize first, will determine how the second or third modifiers will act.

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TIP 2: AFTER SETTING UP, LOOK AND SEE IF ANY ADDITIONAL LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED

As previously mentioned, after your key light is set up, and your camera settings are in place, analyze and observe your image and determine how additional light modifications can improve the quality of your photo.

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By utilizing a bounce flash and various light modifiers, we were able to compose a beautiful picture that balances perfectly between highlights and shadows.

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TIP 3: JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN ADD MORE LIGHT, DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO OR SHOULD ADD MORE LIGHT

A compelling image needs to have both highlights and shadows.

If you open up all the shadows and everything is in the mid-tones, it’s not going to look dramatic or any good. On the other hand, if you leave too much in the shadows, it won’t look great either. Practice learning to find that balance.

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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