Off camera flash

1/250 f8 iso100 yn560 ii, a cheap chinese softbox, and some cheap wireless triggers from ebay

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding off camera flash. One of which is that it is expensive, I am here to say that is utter rubbish! I used a 42.99 yn560ii flash gun, a 24.99 softbox, and the wireless triggers from ebay cost a whopping 6.99! It really is amazing what results you can achieve without the expensive branded equipment. Granted you will need a little knowledge of the basics as it is all fully manual, but it is a starting point and one of the greatest ways to learn.

We all have styles we like and aim for when starting out, but once you start to experiment you slowly find your own style. Another good thing about everything being manual is that you will learn how to light different situations the more experience you get. Whether you are using your flash as a fill or a main light, you will steadily learn how to balance your flash power and temperature with the available light.

So why not have a go today, and see just what a difference getting that flash off of the hotshoe will make to your photography!


Light painted mx5

Light painted mx5


This mean looking mx5 was taken last year for a friend. This is the final imagine which comprises of roughly 6 images blended in photoshop. All photos were shot in raw in auto white balance and with a shutter speed of 10 seconds. Kept the ISO at 100 to preserve as much detail and aperture was f8. This was shot with a standard kit lens (18-55mm canon), and lit with an LED camping light from amazon which cost a vast 5.99! lol

I must admit with any shoot like this there has to be a lot of trail and error.  Every scenario is going to be different with a mixture of different coloured lights and levels of light, so just persevere and tweak things until you get the shot looking exposed to your taste.  As with many shots like this it has been created from not one single image but from several. Basically different parts of the car are lit separately and then combined in photoshop using layer masks (If you don’t know what these are just do a search on youtube), and blended to give a nice even exposure on the wheels, the body, roof, bonnet etc.

Shots like this do not need any fancy equipment just a camera which will allow you to shoot in full manual, a tripod is a MUST, this shot could not be possible without one, and finally some sort of light to illuminate your subject.

Lets get on to how this was actually shot. Got a composition I liked then did a few test shots. This involved putting the camera on a timer for the shutter and getting ready to run,  get into shot, turn the torch on and light up the parts of the car. It helps having someone to help with this either so you can stay at the camera and look at what you need to change or just to give you a rest! lol. It is a fine line getting this right as I found out as if you move slowly with the light you can show up in the shot especially if you let light from the torch spill onto your legs! Just like anything practice makes perfect so just get out there and shoot!