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Flash - Speedlight - Strobe
The Nikon D200 with 18-200 VR lens and SB800 Speedlight was one of
the best all around kits in its day. To the right is the
included light modifying filters and a diffuser.
No matter what method you use, continuous lighting or some type of intermittent lighting like a flash unit, there's one common goal to this approach in a world of just dialing up the ISO and that goal is to create a feeling/mode in an
image beyond natural light. Techniques vary depending on the type of unit you're using and they all have light modifiers that can used to create your own special look.
Read Your Manual

There's an entire section in your camera manual about using flash. To double up on that information, your flash/lighting manual will contain extensive information on that
equipment and how to use it. Always be courteous to people that you intend to use any kind of lighting on. The high intensity of
the flash/light could cause eye damage to children or effect someone who has a medical condition or on medication. It's always good to ask first.
These pictures are real food being made by a caterer. Since this wasn't a
staged photo project, the use of wireless speedlights was used in order to
stay out of the way and still capture aesthetically pleasing pictures.
Here's an example of using 2 different methods of lighting a subject. The left one is
backlit and the right one is frontlit with a diffuser.
The canon 6D was touted by users as
having the best dynamic range of any
Canon camera at the time.
The Canon 600EX-RT Flash has a
built in radio trasmitter/reciever
The Panasonic GX8 with Bolt VC3100P flash
Here's an example of using multiple flash units to
control the overall balance of the interior and
exterior exposure.
Wireless off camera flash to the right.
These baby booties were done with
Fujichrome Velvia 50 using a Nikon F5 and
a single off camera SB28 flash. I used a
warming filter on the flash to add warmth
to the picture on the left.
Multiple speedlights balanced the
room lighting to the sink lights.
These four pictures were taken on location with 4 wireless speedlights. I placed the speedlights in different locations for the desired effect in each picture. I
used fast and slow shutter speeds, wide and narrow apertures for depth of field and then over and under exposed for that lighter or darker feel. It is difficult to
fully understand what I mean due to the small size of the pictures. I do this prevent theft since nobody wants to use a small image. In this case, I included
links to a larger size image of each wine bottle picture.
This is a non-conventional blog spot. I'm still a believer in film, printed books and magazines. My blog is an electronic version of written content focused on a specific subject.

Cinematic and Photographic Ethics - I provide cinematic and photographic services to a variety of clients using the best equipment suited to the project at hand.

I do not engage in "setting up images"  by means of staging. There's a difference between creating an advertising campaign and actually catching life as it happens.

All digital pictures are processed like film pictures. They are captured in RAW/NEF format, then uploaded and exported in a RAW/NEF file converter like film in a developer.

I do not alter/manipulate pictures. I prefer that they look just like what I saw when I pushed the shutter button. If I alter/manipulate an image, it is clearly marked as such.