Friday, 5 February 2016

Techniques for using your Flash

If you don't own one I would highly recommend buying a Speedlight as a priority. It doesn't have to be a Branded one either as they can be very expensive especially if you are on a budget. You can buy relatively cheap ones that do just as good a job as a Nikon or Canon Speedlight. *See my older Blog where I did a review on the inexpensive Aperlite YH- 500N. 

Although most cameras come with a built in flash, they're not powerful enough for certain shots and you're obviously limited to it's usage. The other problem with the built in flash is that it is fixed facing forward and most of the time especially if shooting Portraits can give the effect of a 'Deer caught in a cars headlights' 

However, when using a Speedlight you can rotate the head at certain degrees which is really the best way to use your flash and bounce the light off the wall or ceiling which ultimately gives a softer tone to your images, especially if the wall or ceiling is white. You have to bear in mind when you are using bounce that, if you have a red wall, or blue then some of that colour would be reflected onto the model, a black wall will absorb some of the light. If you are in a building where there are high ceilings or not near a wall then you can improvise with a Reflector or Flash Softbox, there are many alternatives.

A German company called Sunbounce have an excellent product called California Sunbounce - Bounce Wall, which attaches to your camera and enables to bounce the light wherever you are. See website link below.

Photographer using the California Sunbounce - Bounce wall

The Bounce Wall comes with the basic White panel but there are a few others available as well, i.e. silver, gold which all give a nice effect for certain projects. Well worth the buy though.

There are many tutorials out there for posing techniques, flash positioning, light direction etc and a lot of the time it's really all about getting your camera & flash out and practicing with a willing 'model'. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

*FREE Handy Wedding Printable Planning Tools by Stuart Reeve Photography

I hope you find these tools handy

Planning a Wedding and all that comes with it can be very stressful and if you don't have an organised mind it can be a nightmare. There are many helpful tools out there to take away the stress and make it that much easier, just do a  Google search for them.

If you're not sure about searching for them or how to save them to print then why not try my helpful tools. They are even extremely helpful even for the well organised.

Everything is there for you, all you have to do is print them off and fill them out. I would highly recommend having a folder to put your printed documents in to keep them safe.

Included in these tools (just click on each one)

Below are also two links to Wedding websites for ideas on the latest Wedding Trends for 2017.