xarik wrote in post #16542358
Oh well then I just have a crap ton of stuff to learn on flashes lol! My flashes don't even have power settings marks, they just have 8 lights indicating power. perhaps it's the angle in which I pointed the flash in the last photo...I'll have to find a class or some REALLY good youtube videos on how to use them and all the lighting needs. I couldn't tell you the difference between a strobe or a speedlight :P
Speedlites, or speedlights, are hotshoe flashes generally. All flashes are technically strobes but most people mean studio strobes like monolights or pack and head systems when they use that term (but not all).
I think you need to wrap your head around the idea that a flash photo is actually two different exposure values in one shot. The first is your base exposure or ambient exposure. Thats the exposure you get in the area of the shot where the flash doesnt illuminate essentially the background exposure. The second is the flash exposure, thats just what it sounds like the exposure of the area lit by the flash. Now you are probably saying to yourself, but hey I only have one exposure setting. Yes and no. You can control the balance between the two exposure values with a little practice.
Your different controls are important here. Since the flash dumps all of its power in a short burst the shutter speed isnt particularly important to the flash exposure, the same flash contirbution is delivered in 1 second as in 1/250. BUt its critical to controlling your ambient. If you took a shot like the one above and used 1/200 as your flash sync speed and got the same dark background. By simply rolling the shutter speed back to the 1/50 you would lighten the background by 2 stops without changing the exposure on the subjects. The closer your background is to your flash exposure the less noticeable the harshness of the flash is.