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Using Off-Camera Flash with Mirrorless Cameras

If you’re looking for a great off-camera flash tutorial, look no further. Whether you use a mirrorless camera or not, photographer Joe Brady will give you a run down on everything strobe related: single flash, multiple flash, light meters, camera settings for flash, high-key lighting, low-key lighting, you name it. Not only does Brady concisely explain everything while using a model and strobes to give you a clear visual, but between each of his mini-tutorial shoots he also does a Q&A session. This helps answer a lot of questions about the gear, settings, and reasons for the techniques:

Lighting Tools That Can Add to Your Images:

  • Reflector – A reflector is a great tool for using with either natural or artificial light. Whether you use it to bounce light and highlight your subject, or just to fill in shadows, a reflector can be a great low-cost investment. They also come in many different colors and finishes that affect the color and amount of light they reflect.
  • Light Meter – A light meter is not necessary for using strobes, but it can help take out some of the guesswork. They may seem a bit complicated at first, but once you understand how they work it can make your shooting much more efficient.
  • Umbrella – Umbrellas can help spread light over your subject and create a much softer light since it’s reflected rather than direct.
  • Gels – These little pieces of plastic come in a variety of colors, allowing you to create warmer or cooler tones in your images, or create dramatic colored highlights.
  • Snoot – There are many attachments that you can add to your flash to affect the light it produces. One of these is called a snoot which is a long cylindrical or rectangular tube that allows you to create a spot of light and reduce the amount of light spillage.

Brady explains how to create high-key lighting

Background is another important element to keep in mind when shooting with strobes. Some factors that you should consider when choosing a background is the texture, color, whether you’ll be lighting the background, and how well your subject will be separated from the background.

[via PictureCorrect Photography Tips]

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