When you're new to working with artificial light, the entire world can feel quite confusing and a bit overwhelming. This helpful video goes over 10 things a seasoned photographer wishes he had known before he started dabbling with strobes.
Coming to you from Behind the Shutter and featuring Michael Corsentino, this great video is chock full of 10 things he wishes he had known before he picked up flash photography. Of them, I personally think the most crucial for anyone starting out is understanding the basic physics of it all, especially how the size of the light relative to the subject affects the quality of the light. Relatively larger light sources render softer light with more gradual transitions between highlights and shadows and vice versa. And there are two ways to change the relative size of a light source: increase its physical size or move it closer to the subject. If you can master this principle, it'll go a long way in helping you to shape the light in a way that's flattering for your subjects or in line with whatever creative vision you have in mind. Check out the video above for Corsentino's full thoughts on the subject.