Four Weeks to Become a Better Photographer (Part 2)

More photos, and my critiques after the jump.

In August 2007, Assistant Editor Kathleen Davis participated in a four-week course with BetterPhoto.com. Click here to see what she learned that monthFor a refresher on how the classes work, click here.

**Posing and Portraiture Techniques taught by Ibarionex R. Perello

Lesson 2: Using Flash**

In this lesson Perello discussed using fill flash in daylight to eliminate harsh shadows, and techniques for controlling flash output.

One method he mentioned is flash compensation, which works similarly to exposure compensation, in that you can increase or decrease the amount of flash output. Another method to modify the flash output (especially in mixed light conditions) that was covered was bouncing the flash off a ceiling or wall, as well as using a flash modifier over the flash head to soften the light.

He went on to explain the limitations of flash sync speed (usually between 1/200 and 1/250 sec) and the limitations it creates in low light.

Finally the last part of the lesson included advice on using flash in low light. Perello advised using an aperture of f/5.6 for a flash exposure at twilight, and manually setting the shutter speed slower to produce a good exposure of the sky.

Our assignment was to take a portrait at twilight using flash, experimenting with several different flash exposure compensations.

More photos, and my critiques after the jump.

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