Sense-ible Learning - Free Flashing

One of the biggest things when making any photo is lighting. Natural light, flashes, to studio strobes, understanding how it works and influences your photos is one of the major keys to making them look great. Getting a flash is always a massive step up over the popup flash that comes on most point and shoot and DSLR cameras. But they do have a good use. With most DSLR brands, you can use that popup to trigger a flash remotely. Nikon's Creative Lighting System (or CLS) is a great system as most of their cameras include the popup flash and ability to remotely control the other flashes. It's not hard to setup, but does come with some limitations. The signalling is all based off of line of sight signals that happen during pre-flash as you take the photo. So the remote flashes have to be able to see the camera flash and if there is too much light naturally, they are really reduced in distance. 

Stephanie and myself went out with Jade for a night shoot, and we got the idea of doing some off camera flash for fun. So at night, you'd figure the sensor on the remote flash would pick up the signal no issues right? Well we found out the flashes still have a limitation in distance. Even though I could see my popup flash hitting the remote one, it seems the signal wouldn't get picked up, and the flash wouldn't fire. We moved it around adjusted things a bit and got a few shots we really liked. 

And here is something else I learned. Sometimes the light seems to bend around objects. The shot below has Jade sitting on a bench, she is actually blocking most of the flash sensor, but apparently the light got through just enough! 

So the learning from the shoot? Even in the dark remote triggering of flashes has limitations, and sometimes line of sight is a little more flexible than we think! Thanks again for joining me today and I hope I made a little s:"sense" ;)


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