View Full Version : Other Techniques Creative flash photography

03-16-2008, 12:16 PM
I tried to take some creative flash photo's at a concert.
I used EB's indoor settings + "Slow second curtain".
This way you get dynamic movement + a relative sharp last position because of the flash.
Here are a few examples.


Comments and advice to refine the technique are most welcome.


03-16-2008, 01:59 PM
I think you've really got a winner with your second one and a very good one with the last in the series. Its a great technique for band photography IMO. I think "563" stands out from the rest because it really looks like part of his soul is jumping out of him and having a hell of a time. There's also great definition between when he's lit by ambient and when he's lit by flash. You can really see the change.

03-16-2008, 02:27 PM
2nd curtain flash is very cool effect for a Rock band I like the photos.
If you have a wireless flash maybe try to put it behind the subject to get a strong back light..... I think you can use 2nd curtain flash wirelessly. I haven't tried it though.
You may have to use slave-mode though.

03-16-2008, 03:05 PM
Very cool looking pics. I'll have to try it myself.

03-17-2008, 06:51 AM
Very cool! This technique works well with moving subjects. Try it on flowers blowing in the wind. Or if your subject is not moving try moving or panning your camera during the exposure.


03-17-2008, 01:01 PM
These pics are cool. Thanks a lot for sharing, Luke!!!

03-18-2008, 02:41 PM
Nice idea for bandpics, different:thumbup:

03-20-2008, 06:30 PM
You definitely are starting off on the right foot and I'm not sure if you were going for that much blur in your photos but they do have a look to them. The way I understood "dragging" the shutter using slow-sync flash and a slow shutter speed you want to have the main subject clear and lit mainly by your flash. Your slow shutter will pick up the ambient light behind them and complete the frame.

It doesn't look like you had much to work with as far as back ground lighting goes when you were shooting the band and that's a bummer sometimes for sure. Luckily for me the subjects I shoot tend to not move as fast as rock bands when they are performing. Perhaps try turning the flash up some more to over power the stage lighting on the rockers and let your shutter collect the ambient.

About 90% of all my shots were done with my 8mm FE at f3.5 with the shutter taking 1sec or longer and ISO 100-200.

(http://tekphotos.org/sample)<-- if your interested in seeing more of what I've done with dragging the shutter and flash

03-21-2008, 08:16 AM
Good stuff Luke-

I have used the same technique for shooting metal bands in small and dark clubs.



03-21-2008, 08:33 PM
I had some good luck the other day shooting my friend while he practiced guitar, and moving the camera in a circle after the flash fired produced an interesting sort of "halo" effect:

Really useful technique for a lot of stuff. I feel like your first shots would have been better with a cooler white balance, though.

03-23-2008, 08:43 AM
Thank you all for the comments and advice.
Good results Aaron and Er1kssen.
I saw - and admired - your work on this site before, Tekmunki. The FE delivers spectacular effects.
I will read through all your comments again when I have some more time and see if I can improve my results.