DIY Photo Challenge # 5–Flash
Jack Carlson, Photography Instructor
When using any type of flash (in camera or external) remember to change the White Balance to Flash. Don’t rely on “AWB”. Light from a flash tube—either in-camera or external—can be softened by using a bounce card. One can easily be made by using a rubber band to attach a white paper or index card to either the flash tube on your camera or the head of your external flash.
Image 1 Set-up Steps
Find an indoor subject that’s made of glass. 2.Set ISO to either 400 or 800 3. Set WB to Flash. 4. Use a rubber band to secure a white card behind the flash. 5. Bounce light to soften it on an inside subject. 6. All other decisions are yours to make.
This subject is also inside but will be behind glass such as a curio cabinet. Move the subject to the front of a shelf so that it’s completely visible while still inside the cabinet. Allow enough time to find one that will benefit from additional light. Follow steps listed in Image 1.
Your goal for both images is to add just the right amount of light. This challenge coulg be just that, but will go by in a ….. (No, it won’t stop just because we’re not in the Plant Science Lab.)
Once you have taken both pictures Attach both images in jpeg format to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images may be from any place where you need to add light from a flash.
Old Rule I know what some of you are thinking, but no dice: POST-PRODUCTION IS STILL NOT ALLOWED for the images you send since it’s the same instructor.