You Are Smarter Than Your Flash You are smarter than your flash, so why let it make all the decisions for you? Your flash’s Auto feature may give you okay flash results, but who is happy with just okay? This guide will show you how easy it is to quickly understand the fundamentals of flash photography and create dynamic lighting in any situation. Learn from two professional photographers You don't need to spend a fortune to get professional results. No longer be afraid of your flash Finally understand flash photography Get Studio looking photos without the studio See how much more "Dynamic" your portraits look with a flash Learn the tricks of turning any location into a studio. Learn from "Real World" photo shoots Your Lighting Kit Explained Your lighting kit doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Here we talk about the putting together a simple portrait lighting kit. We then go on to talk about how to set up your flash on your stand with a convertible umbrella and flash trigger. Four Ways to Trigger Your Flash Here we show you four easy ways to trigger your flash. We break down how easy it is to trigger your flash and explain which options you can use in different situations. The best part is there is an option that will work with any flash you may have. Flash to Subject Distance Here we demonstrate what happens when you change the distance of your flash to your subject, while keeping all of your camera and flash settings the same. We'll also demonstrate how that works with Adam shooting portraits of Jared while he moves the flash different distances from Jared. Flash to Background Distance In this section, we demonstrate how easy you can change the color of your background by moving closer or away from a wall with your subject and your flash. How Shutter Speed Effects Ambient Light Shutter speed directly affects Ambient Light in Flash Photography. Remember that. It’s probably one of the most important things to know when shooting with Flash Aperture Demonstration - Shooting into the Sun With an open Aperture (lower number) you’re letting in a lot of light. Closed Aperture (smaller number) you’re restricting the amount of light. Understanding the Flash Zoom Head Most of your flashes have a zoom head meaning that you can manually move the flash tube either closer or farther away from the the lens in your flash. Quality of Light This part of the guide focuses on the Quality of the light meaning how you can change the look of the light generated by your flash by using a modifier like an umbrella. An umbrella will serve to give you a smoother, softer light with nice shape as compared to a bare flash head which will give you a harder, more contrasty light.