External Flash Photography
At its most basic level, good photography is about manipulating light to create a pleasing image. So, when it comes to using a flash attachment on your camera, the choices you make can greatly affect your results. Whether you're looking to brush up on bounce flash basics or learn a little about Olympus' wireless flash technology, this short article sheds a little light on flash photography.
Bounce Flash BasicsDirect flash shooting often casts strong shadows and flattens perspective. Try bouncing your flash for softer, more natural lighting results. When bounce shooting, the flash head is pointed toward a wall or ceiling and directs a soft, supplementary illumination on the subject. You find this creates a life-like, three-dimensional look and texture in your photos.
Take a look at these examples of direct flash shooting (Pic. 1) and bounce shooting with the FLRA-1 reflector adapter (Pic. 2).
Portrait Example: E-510 + 14-54mm + FL-50R: 1/80 sec. F3.3
Notice how harsh shadows are controlled by bounce shooting. Furthermore, the reflector adapter is an excellent tool for highlighting areas that tend to be dark with bounce shooting alone.
The Benefits of Wireless FlashTo enable easy remote flash photography, Olympus developed several wireless flashes -- the FL-50R, FL-600R and FL-300R -- and a new optical communication system called RC Data Transfer.
No external commander is required, thanks to the commander function incorporated into the built-in flash of many new Olympus cameras. Since the number of flashes can be increased without worrying about cables, it's easy to experiment with a wide range of creative lighting techniques. The ability to transmit large amounts of data using a minimum number of flash pulses also helps reduce power consumption of the commander unit camera.
PEN, OM-D and Stylus XZ-2 cameras are compatible with Olympus wireless flashes.
Car Pic. 1
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Dress Pic. 1
Dress Pic. 2