Beginning External Flash – Introduction

When I bought my DSLR I studied so hard and learned all about using my settings in the light already in a scene. I found, though, that I was still frustrated with my results during a time when I often took photos: indoors at night. If I turned my ISO up high enough, my images were very grainy and often still blurry from the slow shutter speed. I often would eventually turn the camera back to auto with the flash on, and the built-in flash would create a cold, flat light on my kids’ faces. After reading several articles and listening to photography podcasts, I decided to take the plunge in to external flash.

Sample of my gear for a large photo shoot

Sample of my gear for a large photo shoot

I wish I could tell you my new flash showed up and suddenly all of my images were perfectly exposed, vibrant images that looked super professional. Unfortunately, it took me quite awhile to get the hang of it, but with a lot of perseverance I have really come to love my external flash. Yes, I’m the mom at Chuck E Cheese with the big camera that looks like a member of the paparazzi, but I really truly don’t care because my images are crisp, sharp, and exactly what I have been hoping to achieve.

In the next few blog posts I am going to introduce you to external flash, the gear I recommend, the settings to use with your camera, and how to create stunning images both indoors and out. If you have any questions feel free to comment on any of the posts and I will see what I can do to help you out.

Do you have any specific questions you would like answered about external flash? 

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