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How To Use a Flash

Watch more Photography Tips & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Amateur photographer? Learn how to use a flash with these photography tips from Howcast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check your batteries Make sure you have fresh batteries in both your camera and flash. Step 2: Mount the flash Take your camera and mount the flash on the hot shoe, the area directly on top of the camera that will accept the flash foot. Step 3: Tighten the flash Tighten the flash down by the screw to ensure good contact and communication between the devices. Step 4: Turn on the camera and flash Turn on both your camera and your flash. Step 5: Select virtual film speed Select your virtual film speed. Tip The lower the film speed, the better quality image and less noise or digital grain will be visible within your images. Step 6: Select the crucial elements of the image Decide whether just your subject itself is important or if you also want the background to be incorporated into the image. Tip If the background is important, use a tripod to help avoid motion blur from hand holding the camera. Step 7: Set shooting mode Set your shooting mode. For shots incorporating the background along with your subject, use Aperture Priority Mode, where the camera meters the entire scene. Tip For shots where only the subject is important, and the flash is your primary source of light, set your camera to either Auto or Program modes. Step 8: Set flash to Auto Metering Set the flash to Auto Metering Mode. Step 9: Compose your shot Compose your shot. Step 10: Focus on subject Focus on your subject. Tip Use a flashlight or other light source to temporarily light your subject if the Auto Focus cannot register in low light. Step 11: Meter the scene Meter the scene. Step 12: Shoot the picture Shoot your desired picture and let your camera and flash do the work. Did You Know? Americans purchase more than two billion batteries a year to power their electronic devices.
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