Today I wanna talk about improving photography equipment with an external flash. Why, you ask? A few days ago, I had the great pleasure to work with a professional photographer for an upcoming magazine article I’m writing. Now mind you, I feel like I’m an adequate photographer, however when your job is to refinish furniture, it’s super hard to get great photographs while actually painting, sanding and, well, working on a piece of furniture.
So, the amazing Alan Poizner came down and spent the day with me, taking photos while I painted a piece of furniture with my shabby farmhouse paint finish. We chatted while we worked, him interested in painting furniture, and me interested in soaking up more photography knowledge.
While we were literally waiting for paint to dry, he offered to answer any questions I had about photography. I only had one: how do you take photographs of a room without blowing out the windows? His answer: External Flash.
Flash? What the pumpernickel? Almost every photography course, class or conference session I’d ever had taught me to never, ever use a flash. Heck, I even tell my own Etsy coaching clients to make me promise they’ll never use one. No flash. No how. No way.
After he left, I scoured the internets trying to find one. Of course, his version was hundreds of dollars. But, I did find this version on Amazon for $40 <by the way, that’s an affiliate link>. It’s not brand name, it’s not top of the line, but it did have nearly three hundred 5 star ratings, so I took the plunge and decided to try it myself.
Come to mama, you beautiful thing!
Although I know it works great on windows (because I tested it in my master bedroom!), I also wanted to share how great it works in a small area with no windows. My little bathroom makeover was never shown to it’s full potential, because I just didn’t have the right equipment. Funny how much difference improving photography equipment with an external flash can make!
So if you’re trying to take better photos, and want to invest in the flash, I wanted to share a couple of pointers:
Flip the flash towards the ceiling. It works better than the on-camera flash because you are scattering the light, not pointing it. It’s such a simple concept, yet makes all the difference in the world.
Adjust the level of flash. If you try it and it looks too garish, then reduce the flash, there’s a button right on the back of the flash that will allow you to adjust it, easy peasy.
Want to see more of my favorite equipment? I’m spilling it all in this post about the best photography equipment for bloggers.