What is Camera Flash Photography?
Camera flash photography is recommended for capturing stunning photographs in low light and challenging conditions. It can improve ambient lighting and provide you better and enhanced photographs. You should consider the following settings on your camera for off-camera flash photography:
Off-camera flashes have a maximum sync speed. To get a crisp and clear photograph, you must ensure that you stay within the maximum sync speed. If you go above it, there will most likely be a black line or bar across photographs. This can spoil the important moments and memories that you want to capture. The easiest way to solve this problem is to maintain the shutter speed of your camera below the maximum sync speed of the flash.
The shutter speed of your camera controls the ambient lighting. The slower the shutter speed, the more ambient lighting you will get in your shots. However, you should be careful about maintaining an ideal shutter speed. If the shutter speed is slow, then the increased ambient lighting may not give you the perfect shot for moving subjects. You can overcome this problem by adjusting your ISO settings. Increasing the ISO to 800-1600 may help you solve this problem of capturing moving subjects with increased ambient lighting. If you want the subject to appear as you see it in the camera’s viewfinder, then maintain a shutter speed of 1/60. However, if you want to darken it for creating a dramatic effect, you may consider choosing a shutter speed of 1/200.
ISO and Exposure
Once the shutter speed is set, the next step is to adjust the aperture. Aperture controls the intensity of light from your flash. Choosing a lower aperture like f/2.8 gives you more power. If your flash is already powerful and too bright, you can raise the aperture to f/16. This gives you a convenient way to adjust the power of your flash depending upon your needs. You don’t have to constantly keep changing the flash for changing the flash power. However, if you want to capture the depth of field in your shots, then leave the aperture at f/2.8 and reduce the power on the actual flash.
ISO impacts both ambient lighting and flash power. You should ideally change the ISO settings at the last after changing the shutter speed and aperture. You can increase the flash power by either- turning up the flash power, lowering the aperture, or increasing the ISO.