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Learn & Explore Series Episode 20

"Learning the Secrets of Selecting an Off-Camera Flash"

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Did You Know?

The sync speed of a flash determines the ratio between fill-flash and ambient light, based on a specific amount of flash power. Only ISO and aperture control the total exposure.

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Did You Know?

Although the color of sunlight and light from a flash are nearly identical, you can subdue the blueness of your outdoor photos by attaching a pale orange piece of plastic film, or gel, across the flash face. Try a 1/4 or 1/2 CTO gel.

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Did You Know?

The enclosure and reflector of many professional-grade flash units can be removed to shoot with the bare tube. This creates a 360-degree illumination, bouncing light off walls and the ceiling for a much softer lighting effect.

Special Thanks to
Industry Expert: Chris Clark
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Questions covered in the above interview:

  1. What are the benefits of using a flash off the camera versus on the camera?
  2. What is the best position for an off-camera flash in relation to the camera?
  3. Do specific camera brands need specific flash brands or are they are all compatible?
  4. What are the major factors when comparing flash units?
  5. Should I select an off-camera flash based on the kind of photography I shoot?
  6. Is it important to understand the various temperatures of light to use a flash correctly?
  7. What is TTL?
  8. What is sync speed?
  9. Can flash units be triggered wirelessly?
  10. What is fill-flash and how is it used?
  11. Why would I want to use a colored gel in front of the flash head?
  12. Why must the timing of the focal plane shutter in a DSLR camera be in sync with a flash?
  13. What is recycling time and is it different for various flash units?
  14. How do you balance the light from a flash with fluorescent light?
  15. What is the benefit of using an off-camera flash outdoors?