Daylight fill in flash photography

Six Days of Speedlite Tips: Day 6

It's Day 6 (final day) of my Six Days of Speedlite Shooting tips. I hope you have enjoyed following along.

Today's tips: The larger the light, the softer the light. The closer the light, the softer the light.

Concept: Use softboxes to create soft and flattering lighting. Place them close to the subject for the same reason. Set your main light at full power (on left here) and fill light on 1/2 or 1/4 power. 

In situations like the one above, use Pocket Wizards to remotely and wirelessly fire your flashes - so you and the parents don't trip over cables. :-)

© Rick Sammon

I know I will not win any awards with the opening picture for this post. It was just a fun family shot for some friends. Usually, I am off in foreign lands photographing different cultures. 

A speedlite is one of my key accessories for on-location portraits. Here's an article on how to use flash outdoors for daylight fill-in flash photography.

Westcott Orb (on left)

For more detailed lighting tips, see my apps.

For hand-on learning, check out my workshops.

Explore the light,

P.S. Here is a link to a post on Plug-ins for Portraits. Check it out.

My Light It! App Is Loaded with Lighting Tips

Looking for some basic lighting tips? Check out my best-selling app, Rick Sammon's Light It!

If you don't want to read this long blog post, click here see the intro movie (posted on SmugMug) - which includes a mini-lesson on lighting :-)

Click here to order the app. It's only $4.99!

My Light It! app, introduced in August 2010, is designed to help you make (not just take) professional-quality digital SLR people pictures – without spending a small fortune on professional lighting accessories. It's ideal for photographers who want to learn about shooting with an accessory flash and basic lighting accessories. Some of my favorite photo philosophies are included, too.

The 1.5 hour training app (packed with 1.5 GB of info) includes both video lessons and before/after photographs. At 1.5 GB you want to download Light It! from your home computer and then transfer it to your iPad. 

Yes! Light It! is large and will take some time to download. Maybe download before going to bed.

I took the illustrative photographs with a range of Canon digital SLR cameras – from entry-level to top-of-the-line models. While watching the video lessons, you’ll learn how pros photograph people indoors and outdoors, in bright light and in low light, at home and on location, and even in a studio. In looking at the photographs in Light It! you’ll see the effects of my recommended techniques.

In the easy-to-follow and fun video lessons I’ll show you how to use reflectors, diffusers, a flash, flash accessories, basic strobe kits, basic hot-light kits and more. I also cover camera settings, as well as some of my photo philosophies. Although I often refer to specific cameras, the basic camera settings can be applied to any digital SLR - and even some compact cameras.

Two of the videos in Light It! – Top 21 People Photography Tips and Top Ten Digital Photography Tips – feature some of my favorite digital SLR pictures from around the world, accompanied with how-to tips, of course!

Light It! is a basic, or starter, app about lighting. However, as you will see, pros use many of these techniques and accessories to get great shots. 

The movies for Light It!, shot by Emmy-award winner David Leveen, are divided into five sections:

Basics: 33 Minutes
Outdoors: 15 Minutes
In Your Home: 16 Minutes
On-Location: 12 Minutes
Studio Shooting: 23 Minutes

Hey! I told you Light It! is loaded with lighting info!

The total viewing time is about 1.5 hours.What’s more, I have included more than 100 end-result pictures in the app to illustrate the techniques I discuss in the lessons. So in effect, Light It! is like taking a private lesson with me – but only at your own pace.

To see all my apps, click here.

I hope you enjoy Light It! Let me know by shooting me an email.

Explore the Light – and explore the joy of lightingpeople photography.

P.S. To learning lighting on site, check out my Master Your Flash Workshops in Croton on Hudson, NY.

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 31/101: Master Your Flash

This is tip #31 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Master Your Daylight Fill-in Flash Technique

See.... you guys asked for more articles on flash (see the poll on the top right of my blog). Your wish is my command. :-)

Mastering your flash is one of the most important things you need to do if you want to photography people and become a professional photographer.

A while back, I wrote an article on Fill-in Flash for my friends at Layers magazine. It will get you started on mastering your flash.

Here is a quick video that I also did for Layers magazine.

One more for Layers magazine.

Hey, want a way-cool accessory for your flash? Check out the Rogue Flash Bender. Below are two shots that I actually took at a trade show (Photo Plus Expo) with the Rogue Flash Bender.

If you have any questions, please ask here, as always.

I will be giving two classes on flash photography at Photoshop World in Orlando in the spring. Be there or be square.... and don't miss Scott and his band!!!!!

Explore the light – including the flash light :-)

P.S. For more on lighting, see my app, Light It!

The image below is screen shot from that app. I used a Canon 580EX II in a Westcott soft box for the model shot. Here's the intro movie for the app.