Our second shoot during the workshop last week was in the famous ”Broken Spoke” saloon and dance hall in Austin. This is a wonderfully authentic location full of dim light and neon which offered great opportunities to try out or new skills.
One of the main areas we were to look at was combining slow shutter speeds (1/15 or lower) with flash to freeze a core image. I could suggest that this image was one that I tried this on but that would be covering up for the fact that there’s some camera shake here (please cut me some slack – this was a 1/3 second handheld shot at 70mm). Regardless, I like the composition and there is a sharp core (thanks to the flash) so I’m posting it anyway
One of the best tricks I learned this weekend will save me a lot of time mucking around with warming gels on the flash. If you want a more subtle, warmer light from the flash, just stick two or three fingers over the front as it fires. It works like a charm.
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