Off topic: Flash Photography
"Flash Photography" is a whole different world.
It seems straightforward enough, when you begin to think about it ... but, after a few cycles of imaging, it begins to dawn on you: "To get this to look right ... I'm gonna need some more light ... from here ... and over here ... and ..."
So, what is it that makes you freak out when you see a flash shot. Yeah, the doggone shadow or the fact that the light is unifromly suffering.
Now, happily, against a solid backdrop, you can usually smear, blend or clone out the shadows.
Unhappily, the problem usually is when you do not have a uniform backdrop, such as a church altar or some other festive location. Suddenly, you realize you are in trouble and that hard shadow is killing your "candid" image. You often need a white ceiling bounce for a general splash, reflection and wash out of shadow.
Well, hero ... what if you don't happen to have a ceiling? Man ... how often does that situation pop up?
So, like many of the DCRP members have found out that are involved in these situations, to get a good and well lit shot, they wind up using multiple flashes, all synchronized to go off when triggered from the shutter release. It starts to become an orchestration ... and that's where the infamous light meter comes in.
Also ... a trip to the strobist blogspot. If you have read this far ... you have just touched the surface. Get your reading glasses and c'mon ...
The Strobist (<- Click here to begin your education ...) :cool: