Chapter 7. Working with Flash and Studio Lights

In This Chapter

Flash technology basics

Shooting with the built-in flash

Modifying flash exposure

Using flash control options

Shooting with multiple Speedlites and studio lights

If you think of flash pictures as images with unnaturally bright, sterile light and with washed-out color and heavy background shadows, then you haven't seen how far the latest Canon built-in and accessory flash units have come. Gone are the startling white skin tones and heavy black background shadows of a few years ago. With the EOS 50D, flash photography becomes much more of a harmonious blend of ambient light with more subtle flash. Even with automatic settings, the 50D flash acts much more like fill flash to lighten shadows and add a touch of brightness than the primary light source. And in Tv, Av, and M shooting modes, you have significant control over the flash so that you can create visually pleasing exposures.

This chapter begins with an introduction to flash technology and terminology, and then it moves into using the 50D's onboard flash and accessory EX-series Speedlites. This chapter is not an exhaustive look at all the ways in which you can use the onboard or accessory flash units. But it provides an overview of using the built-in and accessory flash, and I offer some techniques for both practical application and creative effect.

Flash Technology Basics

Canon flash units, whether it's the built-in or an accessory EX-series Speedlite, use E-TTL II technology. ...

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