Avoid unnecessary entanglements.

Long before consumers entangled themselves in their computer and home-electronics connectors, wires were the bane of photographers. They short out and otherwise malfunction, get disconnected, snap, and trip up photographers and assistants. No wonder that wireless triggers for flash units and cameras have become so popular.

Wireless triggers fall into three categories: optical slaves, infrared triggers, and radio triggers.

Optical slaves are devices that trigger a flash unit when they sense another flash firing. Optical slaving is widely used in studio flash photography, and virtually all studio flash units today have built-in slaves. Many accessory hotshoe-mount flash

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Understand flash modes


In Auto mode, the flash fires when the camera detects low light -ideal for when the subject is in a dark room or backlit. However, it can be an unflattering, hard light if you can’t bounce it, and often the foreground is too bright or the background black. Turning the flash off or switching to Slow Sync may create a more flattering image.

Flash On

When in the Flash On mode, the flash will always fire regardless of light levels. This is great for when your subject is backlit, such as in our example above, as it will fill

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The onboard Flash

Some of the lesser known features of this little superhero.

Searching for an artificial light source to take your photography a notch higher? Then look no further as you already have one of the most useful options at your disposal— the onboard flash. This little gadget offers everything you will need and best of all, you don’t have to pay for new equipment.

1. That you can get a perfect catchlight

A catchlight is one of tine most common portraiture techniques. It is used to add dimension to the subject’s eyes and make the person look more lively. But what

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Smart flashguns, clever features

Some flashguns are a lot more advanced than others. Check for the functions you need to suit the way you shoot

Super Tip!

Ni-MH batteries are preferable to alkaline cells for use in flashguns. Not only are they rechargeable, but recycle speeds between flashes also tend to be noticeably faster. One problem, however, is that most Ni-MH batteries lose their charge quite quickly: it’s annoying if you put freshly charged batteries in your flashgun, then go to use it a couple of weeks later and find that they’ve already gone flat. Some Ni-MH batteries I are engineered to hold their

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Master flash

We help you to avoid harsh shadows and highlights when using flash

Using flash with photos can be an immense help if you are faced with a situation where there is not enough light to create a correctly exposed photo, for example when shooting indoors or at night. Even when there is a lot of light available, a flash can be useful for when your subject is backlit or in shadow. Flashes come in all different shapes and sizes, from the built-in flash on ‘point and shoot’ cameras to the pop-up flash on mid-range DSLRs, and finally to powerful flashgun

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In the Speed of Flash



One of the best upgrades you can gel for a notebook is probably a SanDisk Extreme SSD. Not only is it designed to withstand shocks and vibration from traveling, it operates silently with no moving parts, and helps save precious battery life through lower power consumption compared to a regular mechanical HDD. It boosts application performance and load limes with lightning fast read/write speeds and SATA 6Gb/s support. Also gone are the days where storage is sacrificed for speed as the SanDisk Extreme SSD comes in

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Get creative with flash Produce some great results

Use flash gels for colour

Flash gels are used on flashes to correct colours casts from various light sources, such as household and fluorescent light bulbs, or from shooting at different times of day. Some flash gels are purely for creative effect, though, to create a deliberate colour wash across your photo. You can buy flash gels that will clip onto your flashgun, or take the DIY route and use coloured sweet wrappers instead. Some colours are more striking than others; for instance, an orange sweet wrapper or flash gel simply warms up the shot slightly, but a red wrapper

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Many photographers underestimate the qualities of flash and never explore its true potential

MOST photographers only ever use flash to get a decent exposure in challenging conditions. These same photographers see flash as a last resort and rarely take the time to learn how to use it correctly. But by exploring how to modify and control a flash, you can take your photography to another level.

Light from a flash can be modified easily using household items, to give you maximum control. With paper, a simple flash bounce or snoot can be made, and a cigarette paper over a pop-up

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Morning Freshness

Apart from being called the golden hours for photography, early mornings are also the best time to capture the liveliness around you. People are more energetic, the city is engulfed by an organised chaos and nature is lively and lush. From cheerful portraits on the streets to magnificent dew drops on the leaves, everything becomes a great subject for the camera. If you are familiar with the location, choose a vantage point that allows you shoot into as well as away from the sun.

Afternoon Sun

If you have avoided venturing out in the afternoon because of the


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