How To Photograph Action in Studio

One area of photography that seems to be avoided by many newcomers is the use of a flash or strobe. I believe this is partially due to the additional cost of equipment and the learning curve involved; I know it was for me. Flash photography is undoubtedly one of those areas that require experience to be good at it.

Jess Wealleans goes through everything you need to know to successfully freeze motion with flash in the studio in this video from That Photography Spot. Starting with the basics of studio setup, Jess points out a couple of safety and equipment tips that I haven't thought of before. Moving on, Jess explains the basic lighting setup and camera settings. She explains how to set your camera to take a completely black image before using the flash. This black image is so that when you do use the flash, it is the only light exposing the subject. These key concepts sometimes throw off a beginner, as they aren't entirely intuitive, but become apparent when you understand what the light is doing.

Finishing off the video, Jess gives some pointers on how to get your subjects in focus if movement is an issue. As I become more proficient with in-studio flash use, Jess's information in this video will surely be put to good use.

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Mike Dixon is a Muskegon Michigan based landscape and nature photographer who's passionate about anything photography or tech related.

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