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Don't try this at home. Your gear can be damaged if not cared for properly. There will be many camera based explorations conducted on this site. Accidents may happen, so please let the professional-wannabes take the hit. It is the hope of this site to provide camera based entertainment - all for the sake of curiosity - and gosh - just good wholesome fun whether needed or not Henri Cartier Bresson believed it was insulting to the natural light to disturb it with artificial lighting - which is why he never used a flash.
Because of that, many Leica photographers accept it as gospel to follow his example. It would be heretic. Personally, I believe that position is shortsighted, albeit convenient. But then again, it's not as if I use a flash on a regular basis.
Besides, what's the point of ever using one? With high ISO technology as advance as it is, a person can shoot in relative darkness without ever needing a portable light source to make documentation possible. Still, a reliance on high ISO seems rather limiting, in terms of exploring your scope of possibilities. When it comes to incorporating fill flash in the documentation process, I must confess the extent of my expertise is recreational at best.
But that is expected, since I never had a hands-on need to hone my skills. Even when I was doing photographic work for professional reasons, I was never the one tasked with setting up the lighting. I never had to endure such hardship, since I always had an assistant who dealt with the tedious chore of getting the light and subsequent exposure correct.
In retrospect, I should have been more proactive at the time, when I had a material reason to include secondary lighting in my image taking process. But, I suppose I never thought I needed more familiarization, because And I'm never going to do it outside the studio, because it's one more item to bring, one more set of batteries to remember, and one more set of variables to complicate the entire image taking process.
The whole process is such a pain. I'm sure many of you feel the same way - assuming you've experienced it already. Increased intensity of fill flash, enabling captured exposure to stop down, which eliminates blown highlights in the background.
Again, an example of increased fill flash intensity making background highlights less blown in exposure. Clearly, I am no expert, with regards to my fill flash ability. But for the sake of this post, that might strangely make me better suited to demonstrate why flash photography isn't prohibitively challenging in recreational use.
Given my skill sets without the helping hands of my former assistants, there will definitely be no chance of any over exuberance on my part to complicate this blog post. So don't worry, I won't be expanding your horizons with potentially intimidating practices like using colored gels, high speed syncing, or multiple flashes - at least not at the present.
Much of what we assume about the difficult reputation of using a flash is a holdover from film photography. Admittedly, it was tricky back then. Not that it was impossible. But there was always a certain amount of blind trust involved towards one's ability to meter correctly - whether by experience or from repeated light readings. Of course the process hasn't changed all that much with digital photography.
Professionals still rely on their experience and double check with repeated light readings. But unlike film, we no longer need to rely solely on trust or a polaroid back. Nowadays, instant visual verification is just a play button away. All one needs to do is double check the exposure of a sample image capture on review, either on the rear LCD screen of the camera or on a computer screen if the camera is tethered properly.
Realizing how digital cameras can potentially make flash photography much less challenging, I wonder why more Leica enthusiasts will not consider it. I mean why not? I'm curious myself. But, I suppose it's not difficult to understand. Like most natural light photographer, it's not as if I'm particularly eager to expose how rusty I am with a flash - especially outside the safe confines of a controlled environment.
It's not as if I were in a position to complicate my demonstration with more gear. So for the first image set, I didn't do anything overreaching beyond your typical vanilla composition of two people seated normally.
And as you might expect, the first couple of image captures not shared on this post were all overexposed - which is why it made no sense to be overreaching in composition. I suppose I could have spared myself some needless heartache in exposure, if I didn't misplace the user manual for the SF24D.
Because of that, I was forced to undergo a process of trial and error. Fortunately, figuring out how to use the SF24D isn't exactly rocket science. With regards to what one can manipulate on a flash, you can either increase or decrease the ISO, aperture, and exposure compensation settings. All this may sound very intimidating, but it really isn't. All a simple flash is really designed to do is deliver additional lighting at different levels of intensity.
So essentially, the exposure compensation, aperture, and ISO settings are all designed to do more or less the same application of delivering different intensity of light. Where they differ may derive from how that delivery of light is synchronized to the camera - I'm guessing. It's either you set the flash to fire with more intensity or less. In determining the intensity of light, there are two main variables to consider.
The first is the distance of the subject from the flash. The further away the subject is, the more intensity is required for the light to reach the subject for the desired exposure. The second is the desired exposure you want. Admittedly, this is a very simplistic approach to introducing flash photography to Leica photographers. It's nothing new to seasoned professionals armed with DSLRs. I mean, just look at me. And believe me, there is no better feeling than improving on something you enjoy.
If nothing else, its the incentive which makes you want to experiment further in unexplored possibilities. Shot completely in the dark, zone focused, and composed blindly since the room was dark.
Image has been cropped for composition. The problem with fill flash when the light bouncing off a reflective surface cannot be easily edited in post processing. When fill flash balances the indoor foreground lighting to match the background outdoor lighting.
At the same intensity of delivery but at a closer focusing distance, the resulting shadows and highlights are much stronger Anyway, do yourself a favor if you haven't already done so. Get yourself a flash, and practice with it on your digital Leica rangefinder. It's not as prohibitively challenging as you might first assume. And once you figure it out, it's just one more option you have at your disposal under poor or irregular light conditions.
All images have been optimized in Lightroom. Images which were cropped have been stated on the image captions. By the way, Judit's been on so many post for the month of January. It's like she's a part of the blog already. MY BAG. Disclaimer Don't try this at home. Feb View fullsize. Fill flash to eliminate foreground underexposure from backlighting. Same amount of fill flash, now closer up. Still, much of the background details are overexposed. Inside a concealed space where the conference room TV display should be.
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Advertisement gone after registration. I bought a SF24D, to extend my flash work to having a small, light TTL flash for easy and quick fill flash or the usual needed fill, when going out of light. The flash will give the usual direct nuking cheap flash holiday shot from aunty and uncle - baahhh! My Nikon flashes work bliss on the M8. I can balance ambient beautifully against flash output, …. Look here: Interesting Leica gear. I am a bit puzzled by your posting.