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Flash Photography Tips 5

Slow Shutter Synch Flash Photography

Flash Photography Tips 5

Now that we’ve looked at the main differences between constant light (Ambient) and flash photography, it is time to experiment with some creative techniques in the wonderful world of flash photography. It may help if you basically consider flash photography as a double exposure picture, with one exposure for ambient light and the second exposure for the flash gun.

It may sound a little complicated and in our Flash Photography Classes we cover this topic in great detail. In the photo below I used ambient light to create a nice, attractive background and fired the flash to light the subject.

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By using Slow Shutter Sync, I manage to capture the light reflection and using the flash to capture the model.

What is Slow Shutter Synch?

Slow shutter synch means using a long exposure and the flash to freeze the movement. In the above picture I used a one second shutter speed and while I was rotating the camera, the flash fired and captured the subject. By rotating the camera it captured the lights in the background and created a nice pattern of movement, and when the flash fired it captured the girl’s image.

When does the flash fire during the long exposure?

It’s very important to know how the flash fires during a long exposure. If you use a TTL flash you have two different options for slow shutter synch: First (Front) curtain and Second (Rear) curtain. Most Manual flashes fire as soon as the shutter is fully opened (First/Front curtain).

What is First/Front Curtain?

This is the default setting for the flash synch, manual or TTL flash. The flash fires as soon as the shutter is fully opened and the shutter stays open to capture the ambient light and motion in the scene. It is an easy technique to create some nice effects such as Zoom Burst.

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Flash Photography is very creative provided you learn how to control the camera and the flash.

How about Second/Rear Curtain?

This technique is opposite of the First curtain, which means that the shutter opens but the flash does not fire until the shutter starts to close. This technique is very useful to show the motion of an object and the direction of movement. You can use Second/Rear Curtain with TTL or compatible flashes only. You need to set your camera or flash for this function (refer to the camera and flash owners manual for information about how to set Second/Rear curtain)

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In this photo the shutter opened, but flash didn’t fire till shutter started to closing and then flash fired to captured the subject.

Learning Flash Photography is a great way to take your photography skills to the next level. As I mentioned before flash photography means a double exposure, one with the ambient light and the next one for flash. The more you learn about these techniques the better you can capture the moment and not be limited by the ambient light. In the next article I am going to explain Off Camera Flash Photography. Go to our UPCOMING CLASSES page to find out more about Flash Photography Workshop.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Our next Flash Photography class is scheduled for July 6th and 13th. It is a 2 part workshop with lots of hands ons!

Flash Photography Tips 4

Manual Flash Photography

Flash Photography Tip 4

We discussed TTL flash photography in previous articles and in this article I am going to show you the advantages of Manual flash photography.

There are two distinct ways in which flash exposure is controlled – Manual flash or TTL flash. Just Like Manual Exposure, Manual Flash requires more attention to camera and flash settings. When you master these techniques, you will enjoy flash photography even more and be able to create amazing pictures. With manual flash, you adjust your settings to achieve a correct flash exposure. You can use a light-meter, or even the histogram, to get correct flash exposure.

As I mentioned before, correct flash exposure requires four things to be controlled and balanced:

– Aperture


– Distance (from the flash to subject)

– Power (the flash’s actual blitz of light, taking into consideration any diffusion)

You know about the roles of Aperture and ISO and for this article I am going to introduce the influences of Distance and Power.

Firstly, flash could simply be a constant amount of light that is emitted from the flashgun.  In the case of manual flash, there is NO control by the flashgun or camera, either with the intensity or duration of the pulse of light from the flash unit.

This is manual flash.  Photographers can control the output of their flashguns by adjusting the settings in fractions of the maximum possible output, ( 1/2 power, 1/4 power, 1/16 power, etc.). It should be obvious that the absolute value of ¼ power will vary from flashgun to flashgun, as each model and make of flashgun has a different maximum power.  The power of a flashgun is measured by GUIDE NUMBER; the higher the guide number the more output of power.

To recap, with manual flash we have four controls for the flash exposure:

– the actual output level from the flashgun, (the ratio of full or partial power),

– distance from our light source to the subject 

– aperture 

– ISO.

Any of these four variables can be used to control the amount of light falling on your subject.

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In Manual Flash photography, you need to adjust the power of flash out put to match the ambient light and distance to subject.

TTL vs. Manual flash photography

The only way to control TTL flash metering is with flash exposure compensation. While you could control manual flash exposure with any of the four variables mentioned above, with TTL flash you have one option and this is with your flash exposure compensation.

With manual flash, since the flash is a specific level, our subject’s reflectivity or our choice of composition (how we frame our subject) has absolutely no impact on our metering. This is a hugely important aspect of manual flash.  Once we have our lights set up at a specific distance, and determined our aperture and ISO…the subject’s reflectivity (how much lighter tones or darker tones there are) have NO effect on our flash exposure.

However, with TTL flash the subject’s reflectivity / tonality and our choice of composition WILL affect our flash exposure.   And hence, we often need to control our flash exposure with the flash exposure compensation.

The concepts explained in this section are so essential to our further understanding of flash photography that I strongly suggest re-reading this section until it makes sense.  Also check our Upcoming Classes page to find a workshop in Manual Exposure or Manual Flash Photography.  Gaining a solid understanding, both in theory and in practice, about flash photography will open up a whole new creative world to you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your flash and/or camera settings.

That is all for now. Stay tuned for more articles about creative uses of TTL and Manual Flash Photography, such as Slow Shutter synch and off-camera flash photography.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Our TTL Flash Photography workshop is scheduled for July 6th 2016. This is a 2 part workshop with lots of practical settings.

Flash Photography workshop

Flash Photography Workshop.

Flash photography techniques for beginners to intermediates

Flash photography is totally different from ambient light photography. There are several variables in flash photography that you should apply to achieve the best result. For example:  in flash photography you capture the light in a fraction of a second, therefore shutter speed does not play a big role in your exposure.

Off camera flash part of indoor flash photography techniques workshop

Off camera flash part of indoor flash photography techniques workshop

This is a 2 part workshop which covers the most popular and useful techniques for indoor flash photography.

Are you looking to be more creative with indoor flash photography and lighting techniques?

Did you know that flash photography can be so much fun when you understand how to use different settings in your camera and flash?

Come and join us for our very popular Indoor Flash Photography workshop and take your indoor photos to an exciting new level!

Part one is a classroom session and starts on Thursday April 9 at 7:00 to 9:00 pm and covers: 

1: Flash fundamentals techniques

2: Controlling exposure with flash 

3: White Balance and Flash Photography 

4: Shutter speed and Flash exposure

5: Aperture control in Flash Photography

Part two is the practical and hands on session which starts on Friday April 10 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and covers

Hands on setting camera and flash for different indoor flash photography. There will be loads of practical assignments on:

1: Special Effects in Flash Photography

2: Ambient light and Flash

3: High Speed Flash Synch

4: Slow Shutter Flash Synch

5: Accessories for better Flash Photography

6: Light modifiers for Flash photography (Softbox, Grid, Bouncer, etc.)

And more!

This Indoor Flash Photography workshop is for beginner to intermediate photographers with a DSLR, mirror less cameras, and any point shoot camera with a hot shoe for external flash.

Join us for this popular class and you’ll gain skills and be able to apply beautiful lighting to the darker, short days of winter!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Vancouver Flash Photography class

Vancouver Flash Photography Workshop 130

Learn how to use a flash for better pictures

Flash photography is totally different from ambient light photography. There are several variables in flash photography that you should apply to achieve the best result. For example:  in flash photography you capture the light in a fraction of a second, therefore shutter speed does not play a big role in your exposure.

Are you looking to be more creative with indoor photography and lighting techniques? Read More…

Indoor Flash Photography Techniques

November 16, 2013 – November 16, 2013

2582 Mt Lehman Road #1

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Indoor Flash Photography Workshop.

Just in time for your Holiday and winter photography. Read More…

Flash Photography Techniques

Flash Photography Techniques

Are Flash Photography techniques different from constant light photography?

Does shutter speed affects the exposure in Flash photography?

Flash and Strobe photography is different from constant light photography. The duration of light in strobe is around 1/1000 to 1/8000 of second! What does it mean in real life photography? It means that as long as you stay within synch speed of your camera, you won’t see any changes in your exposure.

This is one of the best features in flash photography. By using the right technique you can use the ambient light as your main light and flash as your fill or you can make the ambient light disappeared and just use the flash as your main light.

In Indoor Flash Photography Techniques workshop, I will explain how to use this technique to get some amazing effects in your images.

Here is an example of how you can control the ambient light by using the flash.

The first image is camera’s default setting

As you can see the camera did a good job, but it is just a flash image!

Now I adjusted the shutter speed to capture more ambient light and used my flash as fill;

This image looks more natural and does not show any light from the flash.

Now I wanted to completely ignore the ambient light and make the flash as my main light source. All I did was changing the setting of my flash and shutter speed.

You can see how the outside light through the windows just disappeared and it looked like it was night time!

And you can do any adjustments in between.

This is a very useful technique. Give it a try you will enjoy it!

Do you want to learn more about flashes and strobes? Just sign up for our July Indoor Flash Photography Techniques Workshop and find more exciting skills in playing with light. There are still few spots available.

Happy flash photography.

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Ted and Omnilargess Team






Flash Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

Flash Photography workshop Fraser Valley

“ Flash photography can be very creative, if you know how to use the power of your flash or strobe.” This is usually my opening sentence for Flash Photography and studio lighting workshops. And it is true! Most of us do not want to take any picture during winter time! Why is that? Is it because it is cold and wet? No, because there is not enough day light! Now imagine that you can have daylight under your control not only to use it at any given time but also controlling the amount of daylight that you need! Is it not something that all photographers wish for?


Come and join us for this three parts 12 hour workshop to learn more about strobes and flash photography:

Flash photography & Studio Lighting

Hate using the flash? Come to this 12 hour session and learn skills and tips of how to use the flash for making better pictures, Over come ambient light, creating special effects, Off camera flash, and much more.

This workshop is primarily intended for Advanced photographers using digital SLR/Mirror-less cameras, with external flash. Each participant is expected to bring a digital camera, fully charged battery/batteries, external flash/flashes, and memory card(s)  

Flash photography techniques and understanding the light (4 hours in classroom)

Technical lessons on TTL and Non-TTL flashes, Setting camera and flash, Understanding differences between Ambient/Constant     light and strobe, Metering Flash power (Guide number), Etc.

Instructor: Ted Samzadeh

Cost: $100.00

Class sizes are kept small for these popular courses.

These are some of the topics that will be discussed:

TTL Flash Vs Non TTL flashes

White balance and flash photography

Shutter speed and synch speed

Slow shutter Synch (first and second)

High speed shutter synch

Hyper speed shutter synch

Color gels


Soft boxes

Light plans for portraits, which at the end of the seminar you will receive several different light suggestions with full explanation of how each one is different from the others.

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Samples of light plan