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Flash: Embrace that Syncing Feeling...

This week's York Photographic Society talk (on Wednesday 22nd October) is by YPS Member Russell Watkins who will be talking about the fun to be had with a single, off-camera flash.

His talk is entitled, "Flash: Embrace that Syncing Feeling" and will hopefully demonstrate to you that taking your flash off your camera and putting under your manual control will give you the results you want.

Russell will cover the essentials of flash exposure, basic grip/stands, the use of a couple of simple modifiers and most importantly of all, how to get your flash to fire when it's off-camera and lighting your subject with no fancy TTL jiggerypokery or light meters in sight.

Flash & honeycomb grid fired as an optical slave :: Image © Russell Watkins :: All Rights Reserved

Flash & honeycomb grid fired as an optical slave :: Image © Russell Watkins :: All Rights Reserved

The talk will be in the form of a slide presentation punctuated by demonstrations of the kit, the principles of controlling your exposure and the different means of firing (i.e. synchronising) your flash.

PC Sync lead & adapter along with an optical slave adapter :: Image © Russell Watkins :: All Rights Reserved

PC Sync lead & adapter along with an optical slave adapter :: Image © Russell Watkins :: All Rights Reserved

Russell will be accompanied by his longtime muse and model, Flat Eric although volunteers willing to act as models from the audience will be welcomed too. Eric won't mind. You may remember Eric from a few years ago:

Russell would also encourage you to bring your camera and flash along, no matter what brand and model, so that you can try the different methods of syncing your flash. He can't guarantee that all methods of syncing will work with your particular equipment but you are most welcome to experiment and find out what does.

A reminder that York Photographic Society - the first camera club to be established in York -  meet at the Poppleton Centre on Wednesday evenings from September to May. The Poppleton Centre is easily accessible and there is ample free parking. Tea & coffee is served during or after the meeting and there is a bar at the centre where we have a bit of a social chit-chat after the meeting closes.

 

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