Here we are to another episode of the blog! Today we talk about on-camera flash! ….. I know … I can already hear the boos from the stands 😀
I know that I’m the one who said that it is always better to use the flash off-camera, that is detached from the body (for the uninitiated it may still be seen the first episode of Italian Guide for Lampisti) 🙂 But some times it happens that you do not have the time to prepare all the equipment, mount stands, umbrellas, triggers etc.. Those times you have to rely on the on-camera flash, but since we already know that if exposed directly against the subject it will produce horrible results, we must find a way to spread it and get a nice light!
In my case, my dear friend Giulia (whom you have known in the fourteenth episode of the Italian guide to lampisti) came to see me before to go away from Pietra Ligure. We had just finished the set for the strobist people video, so I thought not to take more pictures and I had not prepared anything. But when she came to visit me, here’s an idea! Giulia the day before showed me a tattoo on his back, and I was pinned mentally “it would be nice to take a photo where the subject is the tattoo,” but then I had forgotten .. so I proposed to her at the time. But I could not make her lose more time assembling all the equipment, so I opted for the quick fix, which is the on-camera flash.
Took the 5D mark II, and stuck over the 580EXII, I decided on a lighting scheme that I know that usually works well. At home I have two white walls fortunately without pictures or other obstacles, so I started with a wall behind me and the other on my left. At this point I put the flash back (slightly to the left to make a little bounce from the side wall) and I tried to shoot (for your information, I had the camera in M mode, ISO 400, f / 4, 1/160, and the flash in E-TTL setting to 0). As I expected the photo came out quite underexposed .. I then put +1 on the flash, but the result was not what I wanted .. I wanted more in High Key, and then I went +2 on the FEC (flash exposure compensation). And there it was, the picture I wanted! Total time for the realization of all: 1 minute (first photo made at 18:24:31, 18:25:43 the last picture :D)
To make you understand what I mean I made a (crude) diagram (forgive me, I’ve never been able to draw):
See you soon guys!