The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel_001This was one of my first experiences using an off-camera flash. I recommend this technique to anyone who is eager to unleash his/her creativity. It brings a lot of possibilities, much more than using the external flash on camera.

Eiffel_003Minimum required equipment is: a camera with commander and an external flash which can be used as slave (commanded by the internal flash of the camera). A tripod can also be very useful as in macro photography achieving focus by using the camera handheld can be quite cumbersome. Also a flash diffuser can be used to get a softer light.

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The external flash can be put in a fixed position (e.g. using a tripod) or can be handheld (while the camera is on a tripod). By handholding the flash you can easily change it’s position until you get the required lighting effect in the picture.

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Depending on the application one or more external flashes might be used. As I had only one I also used the internal flash to get more lighting (fill flash).

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