Using a flash to cancel ambient light.

During a cold weekend in Seattle, using a flash seemed like a different way to shoot photographs. I was watching some Youtube videos about how to use a flash and what can be done with them. I learned you can direct the light from the flash to backlight a subject and make the background black. Glazer's camera rents photography gear and a Canon 600 flash and transmitter is only $35 for the weekend if you pick it up after 3 pm on Friday and drop it off before 10 am Monday. 

Through trial and error I learned there needs to be some distance between the subject and the background otherwise this does not work. The flash reflects off the background and it shows up in the photo. The shutter speed needs to be 3 stops underexposed as well so the background does not show up. Most of the more expensive flashes have the ability to adjust the power and give the flash to subject distance. The Canon 600 did not give a flash to subject distance but it may be buried somewhere in the settings. Finding the distance and the power output was trial and error but only takes about 5 seconds and a couple extra photos. It is digital so it doesn't really matter how many photos are taken. I finally packed up about 3 hours later to go home and do some editing since I forgot gloves and hat and my fingers were quite cold. You think I would learn to always bring gloves and a hat on a cold January morning but apparently not.

 Driving home I was thinking about how to show my editing process on the video. Looking in the iTunes store, I found a screen recording application for $5.00. After installing the app, I was able to record my editing process with audio. The video is a bit long at 18 minutes but showing the editing process helps people understand that it doesn't take long to edit a photo. 

Remember to keep shooting and fill the frame with what you like.