As the SLPS main season rapidly comes to a close, and the varied summer schedule has now been revealed, we met at this months SLPS photographic developers group organised by Joan Palin, (the last of the 2013/14 season). Joan had invited Bill Davies, to give a talk on the use of ‘off camera’ flash.
As usual Bill’s lecture was as informative to the members present as previous presentations, and Bill set up different lighting situations and conditions, presenting differing common lighting temperature scenarios. Bill’s use of slaves, bounce and diffuses was extremely interesting and his encouragement to all members to have a go themselves gave everyone the confidence to go it alone and experiment with settings they had not commonly used before, especially using manual settings ‘in camera’ and adjusting the power of the flash unit to compensate accordingly. Bill showed us how using a simple reflector, has a great impact on the filling of shadows which a traditional on camera flash would produce.
It was good to see prospective, new, younger members, joining in the presentation and hopefully joining the SLPS as full members.
Once again a massive thank you to Joan & Bill for giving us such a great and varied presentation, and I’m sure those members who attended got a lot out of the session to take away, and experiment with in order to improve their own knowledge and camera craft techniques.