Strobist, flashlight for SLR camera

Strobist, lighting with flashes for reflex camera

The technique of lighting with flashes for SLR camera is known as strobist and it will be good for you to master it for different photographic disciplines.

Photography of portraits , sports photos or even still life. Undoubtedly, portable SLR camera flashes are a great alternative to studio lighting.

These portable flashes will allow you to mount a lighting scheme to measure wherever you are. They will give you the opportunity to take pictures outdoors combining natural lighting together with artificial lighting.

If you find interesting, the proposed theme continues reading, since I am going to list some of the best articles published in this blog so that you can master the strobist at your own pace.

I thought it would be better to order the articles on strobist by theme or photographic discipline. So I’m going to show 3 lists for this reason. And what are the lists? Well, they are the following:


Strobist in sports photography:

The most complete list regarding the strobist is completed by articles with tricks to use the portable flash in sports photography. You will be able to read about how to use cobra-type flashes in photos of different sports such as BMX, Skateboard and Downhill.

In addition to a guide to illuminate by portable flashes you can find other photographic tricks usable in different situations. Let’s see this list of tricks to illuminate with strobist in sports photography:


Master the strobist with several economic accessories:

In case you have not yet been able to imagine it with the title and the entry paragraph, today’s objective is not to delve into all previously written topics but to improve lighting techniques using portable flashes in combination with various accessories for strobist economic

Maybe you’re wondering what the improvements are in terms of lighting. So I’m going to explain them in detail and then we see how we can get them and what accessories for portable flashes we need …

Go to Domina the strobist with cheap accessories

Tricks to illuminate with a single strobist flash:

In these days where you have to sharpen your wits for practically any task, task or desire; it is not too much to talk about some tricks to illuminate with a single strobist flash. So I’ve decided to write a little guide, (without being a tutorial), for that purpose.

We would all like to have the best photographic equipment on the market, with a myriad of accessories and several assistants to make better photos. However, the world is not perfect, and we will only have the equipment that we have, neither more nor less …

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Using the flash to balance a backlight:

In previous articles published in this photography blog we talked about different uses of the flash depending on the photo to be addressed. Since my equipment is completely portable also the 3 flashes that accompany it are of this type so that practically all articles referring to the use of flash published in this blog refer to the strobist.

One of the uses of the flash had not yet published and that is going to be the main theme of today’s article. Using the flash to balance a backlight, the example photo is going to be Skateboard made long ago where the protagonist rider is Xavi Pedro Vila.

Using the flash to freeze the image:

Following the line of content that I addressed in other articles of this blog today I intend to explain how to use the flash to freeze the image effectively and through a photo of descent. I have used this technique for other types of photos but … If you are 30% of the users who return to my blog and have already read other articles before, you will know that sports photography is one of my specialties.

In the photo that accompanies the article I made an extreme panning, since I like to note the speed of, (in this case), the kamikaze downhill rider that appears more times in my blog. From here I thank Andreu Gonzalez for his courage at the time of doing the crazy trialeras. of my photography blog I used a photo of Downhill made last week.

Flash in sports photography of BMX:

Before going into detail I would like to point out the lighting difficulties of the example photo. As you can see the light was complicated in the spot of this BMX session and, although the sky was spectacular, the area where the rider performed the trick was practically in the dark. The solution was to make use of the flash in this BMX photo.

And now, considering that we only have one flash and we can use it in remote mode, we will analyze in broad strokes the lighting and the use of this flash in this sporty BMX photo.

If we look especially at the light that illuminates the rider we will know to determine exactly where the flash that was used for this BMX photo was placed.

Strobist in downhill photography:

In previous posts we had talked about how to use the flash in various situations and scenes. Today’s article is intended to explain more options about the use of flash and as a visual example I will share a photo of donwhill made yesterday using the strobist technique with two flashes. I combined this lighting technique with a panning made with a relatively slow shutter.

First of all I would like to thank the downhill riders that accompany me in these photo sessions that I usually post on my photography blog. Without them it would be impossible to publish this photo and of course I could not publish other descent with MTB.

Use portable flashes in portraits:

High Key or high key in photography:

What is a High Key? What is the deficit of high key and how to get a photo with this photographic technique. Those are going to be the topics of this article that I publish today in my photography blog. First of all comment that the translation of the photographic technique from High Key to Spanish is key high.

The technique of the High Key or high key in photography is a technique in which the predominant tones are the whites, by extension also all those close to this color. Currently soft fluorescent lights are usually used.

It began to be used in the 50s and 60s by means of a certain lighting scheme. Central light, left side light and right side light.

Make portraits combining natural and artificial light:

On many occasions we will find the need to do portraits with natural and artificial light. An example, a session of outdoor portraits where we will combine a flash with natural light.

It is possible that our photographic equipment is limited and we do not have different flashes, nor of synchronizers to fire the flash in remote mode, (outside the hot shoe of the camera). We may not even have a light window or a simple softbox. In these cases, the use of the flash requires special attention since normally a flash mounted on the hot shoe of the camera flattens the image.

Using the flash to freeze long exposure photos:

It might be interesting at some point to use the flash to freeze parts of a long exposure photo, perhaps we could also combine this with an abstract light painting to get a final photo with a “creative” result or simply different to what we usually understand as correct in a nighttime photo.

In these cases the solution is not too complicated if we have a flash and we want to use it to freeze precisely the part of the image that interests us and play with creativity in the rest of the time during which our team continues to seal the photo final.

Modeling light and manual focus:

Last Saturday I was doing a photography session for musicians in a place in the province of Barcelona. In this case there was no possibility to focus with the automatic focus since there were no overhead spotlights focusing on the musicians. So, there was not what is known as modeling light and I had to use manual focus during the whole session in which 3 musical groups performed.

The main theme of today’s post will try to address and define what both are. The modeling light and the impossibility of having an automatic focus. My intention is not to define these two topics in a profound way, but to speak broadly of them without going into complex technical aspects or others that would make their understanding difficult.

Strobist and product photography:

Low key by strobist in study:

Today I have been trying to get a low key through strobist in study. I have embarked on a type of photography that I am completely unaware of, but emboldened with a series of theoretical knowledge that I have reviewed recently, I have thrown myself headlong into the pool.

The lighting in the studio is the most complex, especially if you do “product” photography, without photometer and by strobist.

High key in studio – White on white:

Previously I had written about how to get a high key in studio or interiors using strobist in a portrait. Later I also commented on how to get a high key with natural lighting.

In today’s article I do not intend to delve into how to perform any of these lighting techniques of which I have spoken before and I will not even describe what this technique known as High Key is about.

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