Camera Settings And Flash Power
For Portrait photography, it is the primary thing to know about the camera settings and flash power. My experience affirms it. But using camera flash may not go right as you think. Here, my few thoughts, how can you properly use your flash for getting the right portraiture.
My First Experience:
First time using flash or Speedlight on camera, it can be hard. When I purchased my Nikon Speedlight that was certainly how I felt. All the light ratio involved was my biggest concern to get a proper exposure. As it cannot take into account the actual flash output and metering in camera. Using a light meter, it was the nervous moment for trial & error faffing. These all are making me quake in my boots & swear that I would become a natural light photographer.
Using flash is the harshness of light, my main conservation. I hate part of the flushed look on the people faces. As well as the flatness of face that direct shatter all possibility of curve shadow on the face.
Flash Power for the Desired Look:
As a photographer, we have the technical knowledge to learn shoot on top of creative vision. There have no different that it comes to camera setting & flash power, to get the right exposure for our desired look. As an example, a darker background with less immanent light, to increase speed while keeping the aperture & ISO same. But I lower my speed instead keeping the aperture same.
It is no different than adding the flash power as a 4th factor, to keep adjusting flash power to get the desired look. If you may want to leave flash power at constant alteration in light requirement with a dramatic look, adjust exposure triangle instead. As long as you get the broad compassionate of main exposure, play around which works the best for the benefit. But, I prefer, proficiency & workflow as a photographer comes forward with your own style.
It makes difference when a little plastic thing that covers the flash head. Thus the light becomes little sharp to decompose the light. And the power of flash does not indicate the main size of light & distance from the subject. I just use the flash bare & pointed towards the subject when I want starburst effect to get a kicker light that comes from it.
Important Camera Adjustment:
Camera setting is manual & I choose the power normally at 1/32 or 1/16 & leave it. I merely adjust the flash power when it comes necessary. And I make the frequent important adjustment of the camera setting also. For ETTL/TTL mode there are many big fans. However, I prefer to go with Manual & find the TTL that does not give a natural look which I look for.
Generally, when I shoot, try to fill light of the main light. Also, never too strong flush that can make a huge difference between light what is coming from the flash and the ambient light. Therefore, I recommend ETTL/TTL mode which is too smart that we need to increase a pretty high-level portrait.
The dark background is the revelation of the subject with a flash gun that creates a horrifying image. The freeze action where I want to illuminate the subject and down the aperture. f/5.6 & f/8 is lower shutter speed in order to capture ambient light & light trails. Or background blurring also helps me to get the effect of movement.
In conclusion, experimenting with your flash in manual mode is a great way to add vivid effect to your portrait photographs. Don’t minimalize your shooting day to enjoy more exploration. Good luck and have fun!