Flash Photography Tips for Beginners

Flash Photography Tips for Beginners

In this video Phil Steele shares some good flash photography tips. The tips are relevant for a variety of types of cameras but really are going to be most useful to beginner photographers (who I know make up a large proportion of our readers). Enjoy!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • FamiliaFox March 30, 2013 03:16 am

    Thanks for the great info!! Very easy to understand.

  • khalid December 31, 2012 11:38 pm

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  • prune October 13, 2012 12:43 pm

    I always thought the slow sync mode for DSLR flash was having the flash shot just before the shutter close, instead of when the shutter open.
    The real effect is the same as on the video, but technicaly, chosing this mode does not give you a longer shutter. It's just the flash not starting at the same moment of your exposure...

    Maybe i'm wrong too ?

  • Shankar J September 8, 2012 04:06 am

    Very useful for beginners like me. Thanks

    I have Elinchrom Fx 400 Ri strobes - 2 nos. with skyport transmitter. Also I have my Canon speedlite 430 Ex II along with Yongnuo RF-603C. I am trying to use Canon speedlite as 3rd light with Elinchrom strobes. I am having Canon 400 D :-(. body with kit lens.

    How can I use it like the way I want?
    Please explain me with clear steps to do that.

    Shankar J

  • Richard Taylor September 7, 2012 07:14 pm

    Much appreciated posting this great video. Thanks.

  • Sanjay September 7, 2012 02:20 am

    Very Informative video. Thanks a lot for putting this together.

  • Steve September 6, 2012 05:57 pm

    Getting a shot of a hippo with flash was an interesting challenge


  • photographer mesa az September 6, 2012 03:07 pm

    Like it! I have been looking for this information , thanks for posting. Your photography is great, Sara.

  • Dale Haton September 6, 2012 10:52 am

    Excellent video, I enjoyed the video very much. I've been taking pictures for several years but I often need the review of simple tips. Thank you for the excellent tips and video.

  • Jai Catalano September 6, 2012 06:29 am

    That really was a good video. Simple and yet effective. Looking forward to seeing his 9 course flash tutorial on his site.