Off-Camera Flash Uses For Brightening Landscape Photographs

Landscape photography advantage is that, that the scenes in front of us tend to remain still. So we can take images of our scene in multiple exposures, then pick it afterwards with Photoshop together. 

This is amazing that only a single flashgun do the work of 10, by painting of light scenes taken during the day with several frames

Portrait experts talk about underexposing the natural light often, then using a flash to brighten the subject. This is a technique that can result in great atmosphere of portraits. So why not use the same method to create a landscape that is bold? The problem comes when neolithic burial chamber subjects in landscape images are larger than people around, means a single flash may not be big or strong enough, to light the whole scene. But there is no need to bring an arsenal of flashes. 

01 Underexpose the light

First of all, set up your camera on a tripod. Before we turn on the flash, we work out on an exposure that results in an ambient dramatic sky. As we are capturing into the setting sun, this makes most of our scene in dark shade.

02 Flash power setting

Turn on the flash light and set it to manual setting, then take test shots to check the right result. To improve the daylight we need the flash near to full power, especially if we are using a modifier. The closer the flash, the stronger the light and results will be.

03 Paint the scene

Move light around your thing by holding the flash in multiple positions and while pressing your remote release to brighten the flash and camera. Even if you are in the shot, you can remove or edit things later. Paint the subject from everywhere, and also light the surrounding ground.

04 Try a gel

If you will think your flash complimentary with natural light then it will be very helpful. Fitting a CTO (color temperature orange) gel on the flash helps to match the warmth of the less sunlight. By adding light to the scene from the behind and side, we mimic the direction of the  natural light.

05 Fake the natural light

By adding the flash light blub in frame, bright highlight can be seen and atmospheric look seems like the sun. It is good to apply gel with a warm CTO, and it will give more realistic feel if the flash is against the brightest side of the sunset so it seems as the sun has broken..

06 Flash modifiers

Flash modifiers are worth using as they help to see whether hard or soft light suits your composition. A flash modifier shape like an umbrella or softbox will spread and diffuse the light, giving you softer shades. White umbrella usefor some shots, then fired the flash bare for others.

07 Alignment time

Select the images in Adobe Bridge that you want to blend with each other, then go to Tools , then Photoshop  and finally to  Load Files into Photoshop Layers. Select the Layers panel and shift-click between top and bottom to highlight those. Go to Edit > Auto-Align Layers, choose Reposition and in the end hit OK.

Flash photography

Transform a Photograph Using Flash

One of the quickest and easiest ways to completely change an image and make it more memorable is to add a flash. Introducing flash techniques to your photography doesn’t only mean more light. It also means more more exposure options, and more control. And a lot more complications.

But it also opens up whole new areas of photography, allowing you to advance your skills.

What Is Flash Photography?

As the name suggests, flash photography means the creation of images using artificial light. The light source can be a classic Speedlight flash or studio lights.

The beauty of flash photography is that you are not forced to adapt to the ambient light. Instead, you create and sculpt your own light.

So how can I control light using a flash?

  1. Change the intensity of the light: choose from full output power down to 1/64th or 1/128th of full power.
  2. Adjust light spread (zoom): You can either make the flash beam narrow or wide by zooming in/out the flash head (measured in mm). As you zoom out the flash head the flash beam becomes more narrow. As you zoom in, the beam becomes wider.
  3. Change direction of the light: by bouncing the flash off another surface or by entirely moving the flash off-camera
  4. Modify the quality of light: by using different light modifiers.

Flashes are also useful outdoors, to improve your photos in tricky light conditions.

Tips on How to Use a Flash

Using flash in your photography may sound intimidating at first. That is why we wanted to give you these tips and tricks to get the best results out of your flash photography.

Use Fill Flash Outdoors to Balance Exposure

Do you struggle to get good family photos during outdoor activities?

The main problem, especially on sunny days, is that most of the time you will shoot ‘into’ the light.

A woman, her child and dog by a lake, shot into the sun
A classic family outdoor snapshot. As you can see from the direction of the shadows, the sun is high up in the sky, slightly behind the people, so their faces are in shadow. Photo by Andrea Minoia.

In this case, particularly if you shoot in automatic mode, one of two things will happen. Both of which are undesirable.

  1. The bright background will be properly exposed, but the backlit subject will be underexposed; or
  2. The backlit subject is properly exposed, but the brighter background is overexposed.

How to Avoid Red-Eye When Using Flash

The red-eye effect happens when the flash is used to take a shot and the pupils of humans or animals appear red.

In low-light, pupils dilate, but the flash occurs so fast they cannot contract. Thus, the camera picks up the light reflected back through the pupil after bouncing off the back of the eye. The main cause of the red color comes from the blood vessels in the eye.

The simplest solution to avoid the red-eye effect is to ask the subject to look away from the camera.

If that is not ideal, most cameras have red-eye reduction capabilities built-in. For example, they can fire the flash twice when the shutter is pressed, causing the pupil to contract. This function will tame the red-eye effect.

Bounce Your Flash for a Softer Light

There are two types of light in photography: hard and soft.

  • Hard light creates more contrasted images
  • The soft light gives more balanced images

If you take an image using direct flash, the light is hard and will cast strong, ugly shadows on the background.

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