Tuesday’s Tip – Adding Flash

One of the questions we get asked most often when we’re photographing outdoors is why we pull out so much gear. We have a soft box, small flash, battery pack, camera etc. etc. It’s a lot, but it’s worth it.

Yesterday, Katrina talked about the gorgeous light that we had for our sessions in Victoria and it was. Most photographers would be jumping up and down with joy, because they think it’s “perfect” but we think it’s close to perfect!

I’ve taken a small piece out of one of our family shots, and will use my brother to help explain my point.

Here’s the shot without flash. I think this is an okay photograph. The light is soft and there’s good separation from the background… but it could be better!

Here’s what happens with just a little bit of flash. The light is still soft, but now there’s more “life” in the eyes. The life is created by the catchlight and also by the eye socket not being as dark. You’ll also notice that the image is a little sharper.

With a few minor colour adjustments in Photoshop, the image is complete.

I should note that we’re using the flash off camera on a stand and it’s only supplying about 20% of our light. If you have questions about how to do this, please send us an email.


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