CHAPTER 2

SHAPING FLASH

There are countless ways you can control the spread, quality, color, and shape of a strobe output. This chapter starts out with the basics—firing the flash from the top of your camera—then moves on to a variety of light shapers, such as snoots and barn doors. These modifiers help control and shape the light, rather than soften the quality of the light, enabling you to bend it to your vision for a shot.

FLASH ON A HOT SHOE

In keeping with the plug-and-play mentality, throwing your flash on top of your camera’s hot shoe and getting to work is always a viable option. Depending on how close your subject is to a background, how you zoom and position your flash, and how you balance the flash with your ambient light, your results ...

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