Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Flash Exposure Tutorial: The Basics

This is an introductory tutorial, aimed at photographers at their first experiences with flash, to help them understand how flash photography differs from what they're used to and, above all, why.

Some amateurs photographers with some experience with exposure basics often have serious problems using their flashes and soon give up, sometimes blaming their gear, just because they're missing the subtle differences that make flash light special.

I want to apologize to whoever has problems accessing the attached PDF file. I tried it hard to make a regular blog post out of it, but I gave up because the results were awful. Sure, I could get rid of all the Maths formulas inside the tutorial and publish the plain text. That would surely improve the reading experience, but I'm not sure whether the understanding experience would improve as well. I bet it wouldn't. This is a tutorial for photographer and, even if it has some formulas in it, they're only used as a vehicle to help you get a deeper understanding of the subject. If you feel like skipping the all, do it. At least, try to spend some minutes understanding the concepts behind them, which I strived to describe as clearly as possible. If you feel I'm missing my goal, please drop me an email or post a comment: any feedback is welcome.

The document is hosted in Google Drive and when you access it you can download a copy of it.

7 comments:

jyothi said...

good blog

Georges Dahdouh said...

This article made my day :) I'm greatly thankful for this effort, even though the sight of mathematical equations almost scared me away at first, I can't nor willing to deny that my understanding of photography using flash lights made a 180 degrees turn positively, after reading this article, I could make tremendously better results by putting the pop up flash of my D300s in action, simply by tweaking the ISO, shutter speed and the aperture, I couldn't believe that one can make such a difference even using a pop up flash light, Thank you for this amazing article.

Enrico Maria Crisostomo said...

Thank you very much Georges.

Daniel Nowland said...

This is just what I was looking for! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Enrico Maria Crisostomo said...

You're welcome, Daniel.

Anonymous said...

This is really, really good. Everything is properly explained and approached in-depth. Would love to see more tutorials.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your effort. Thanks for it.

I read some articles in your blog and now I'll read this ebook.

Congrats