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Using Flash

Lesson 9 from: Canon Rebel T6s/T6i Fast Start

John Greengo

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9. Using Flash

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Using Flash

We have a hot shoe on the cameras so that you can mount additional flash units we also have a built in flash that has a button pretty near the top over on the left hand side of the camera and that button on the left side of the camera does two things the first thing it does is it pops the flash up and the second thing is it enters the flash mode so let's talk about flash photography because that's kind of its own world of photography first off flash has a limited distance that it contract and the flash that's built into this camera is good for roughly about ten feet or three meters it could go a little bit further than that but as far as having a really effective range it's for things that are right up close to you one of the best times to use flash is in people photography so our first example here is just ambien natural light and one of the things that the flash will do is we'll fill in the shadows which is why we call it phil flash and so under the chan and nose and in the eye socke...

ts we can add a little bit more light we can add a little sparkle to the eyes with the built in flash and so it's a very handy device for doing that even out on a bright sunny day could be very, very valuable because the shadows are relatively dark on a sunny day and having that flash on the camera popped up is going to fill in those shadows and can be very very helpful and in some cases now how much flash do you get when it fires do you have control over the flash well the camera is using an automated flash system called tt l flash it's where it's measuring the light coming through the lens and it's automatically putting out what it thinks is the appropriate amount of light problem is is that in my opinion and a lot of photographers opinions it puts out too much light and it's a little too strong of look we call it the d m v the department of motor vehicle look and it's not a great look to have on many images and so one of the things that you can do is that you can power down the flash a little bit and so you do this by dialling in a t t l minus one four minus two to soften the effect of the flash you're get it you're getting the use of the flash but not the full power of in this case the camera just did not choose the correct power of the flash and so we can power this down and in this example I think t t l minus two has the most natural skin tones on it and so if you do a lot of people photography where I think the built in flash works pretty well is I would dial in a t t l minus one setting on it all the time now some of the other flash options that you do have in this camera is you do have a red eye reduction option for reducing red I I'm not a big fan well first off I don't like red I'll be clear about that but I'm not a big fan of the procedure and what happens when you do red eye reduction because it delays the timing of the shot phil flashes when the flash is going to fire when it doesn't think it needs it which is great for situations where you're shooting people outside and there is also the option where you can hook up multiple strobes you can get different cannon flashes and have this control the power of these off camera lights which is the best way of doing really nice well let portrait but it involves a fair bit more gear and a bit more set up that we're only going to touch on in this class so if you wanted to get in to do the red eye reduction there's actually a setting in the menu undershooting one for red eye reduction and there's a whole section on flash photography that we're going to get into when we get into the menu section of this class if you are interested in adding an additional flash and the reason that you might want an additional flash is for more power versus or versatility now these first two little flashes are mostly to replace the built in flash if you somehow broke the built in flash and you'd just wanted something small and light to add on to the camera you could get thes they're relatively inexpensive and small but I wouldn't recommend them because the camera already has a built in flash and as long as that's working if you want a more powerful flash the first one I would look at is the three twenty e x this is going to give you more power the versatility to bounce it off of a low white ceiling the one that I would look at for most people who really do need a fair bit of flash work is the new for thirty e x three flash and so this is a really good intermediate level flash that'll probably last you many, many years of work of use it's it's a little bit better built on the any of the lower end models they do make a higher and model but I think it's a little overkill on the rebel which is their six hundred which has a radio tricking feature built into it so it's the four thirty that I would look most closely at and if you just have a little bit of extra needs then I would probably look at the three twenty e x for anyone that gets a flash I would strongly recommend looking at getting one of the off camera flash shoes which allow you to shoot the camera shoot the foot the flash off the camera so once again you press wants to pop it up and you press a second time to enter the flash mode let's do a little demo on that over here and so let's go ahead and wake our camera up and here's our flash button over here so I'm going to press it once to pop the flash up and we're going to leave the camera turn like this and I'm going to sneak my finger around here I'm gonna press it again and you can see how it's popped us into the menu system now what it's done is it's taken us on a shortcut and we could get here in the menu itself by going down to flash control and we end up basically the same spot this is just kind of a shortcut that gets us in here and remember how I recommended that you set your flash at minus one well this is where you would do it he would come down to exposure compensation and then you could dial in a minus one minus two I would never go plus one or plus two I have I've never encountered that situation yet but it's possible they put it in there normally if you want to power the flash down many photographers like two thirds to about one and a third. But one is a nice, good, even number 00:06:01.47 --> 00:06:04. two to go with their. And so I'm going to go ahead 00:06:04.33 --> 00:06:06. and leave my camera right there, and you can see that 00:06:06.85 --> 00:06:10. it's listed as minus one. Press the shutter release 00:06:10.06 --> 00:06:12. halfway and now the camera's back to the normal position. 00:06:12.94 --> 00:06:15. And you'll actually see it listed as a minus one here 00:06:15.43 --> 00:06:17. in the back of the camera. But we're not going to 00:06:17.33 --> 00:06:19. shoot me flash pictures. So we're just gonna close 00:06:19.76 --> 00:06:21. that and continue on our way.

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