Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It was meant to be all about light

Shame on me, I am 8 months late. Back in December I posted that I wanted to play more with light this year, specifically flashes and studio lighting. It's only now in August that I've purchased my first external flash unit. The Speedlight 430 EXII already looks promising. Just sticking it on auto on my camera has produces some very nice portrait shots, I have to say it does make a lot of difference. As far as the settings on the back go though, am flumoxed, so I bought a book with pictures in it. Eventually I'd like to get a transmitter so I can fire the flash off the camera, and the Blue Peter girl inside me likes the look of these DIY light modifier kits.

First though I'll inspect my picture book! Look out for better lit shots!

2 comments:

Richard M said...

If you are interested in off camera flash ... have a look at www.strobist.com and/or join the strobist flickr group. Amazing images, inspiration and advice.

Dan W said...

I bought a cactus v2 from Hong Kong on ebay which is the poor man's flash radio transmitter but it seems to work absolutely fine and is way cheaper than some of the professional ones. Occasionally it doesn't fire, but it does 99% of the time. Very handy to leave your flash pointing upwards in the corner of a room at say a party, with the trigger switched on; then every photo you take with the camera is perfectly lit, with no red eyes