HVL-F20AM Flash Test II – Night Fill-in
HVL-F20AM Flash Test II – Out door use for Night Fill In on A900 (One of the cameras without In-build pop up flash)
The HVL-F20AM is a nifty little flash that have the right combination of power and portability for some types of shots. The low Guide Number of this flash just dos the job of really “minute” fill in for some of my night portrait jobs.
I’ve recently put the HVL-F20am through a series of night Wedding Photography here in Melbourne. Combining low light landscape “Extended Exposure” + Flash fill in for the subject, the low power of the HVL-F20AM gets the fill in done perfectly to void some of the problems that might have come from higher powered flashes. Some key points for the shot that I took:
- Avoid Blown Out Bride’s Wedding Gown/Dress
- Avoid Over Fill of foreground – too much light to pull the mood of “seclude”-ness away
- Not too large lighting radius (I want it small)
Shot info – ISO: 250, Av: f2.8, Tv:1/4 sec, Focal length: 16mm
The setup was fairly simple with exposure priority given to the background with a slightly long exposure and a fill to the wedding couples done with the HVL-F20AM.
Setup Info & workflow:
- This shot was a 1/4 seconds at 16mm with aperture of f2.8 shot – camera mounted on tripod.
- No ND grad filters were used due to presence of subject.
- Fill in with HVL-F20AM pointing up for bounce + with aid of TWIP BOUNCE (with WHITE SURFACE).
- The original shot was intentionally underexposed by about 1/2 a stop (I could have used a higher ISO for the shot but I prefer the response at ISO 250 in this case)
- Using Photoshop ->Duplicate Layers, Layers (Option)->Screen (Minor Post processing to personal liking)
- Below is the placement of the setup with respect to the subject –
It is great to be able to use this little bounce-capable flash for this purpose. The small guide number helped in preventing over blown hot spots while using large aperture for the shot. It come out to be really handy for use with the A900 in my case. Not only it could be used on the fly for more creative wireless flashing feat, well for the simplest of it usage, I guess this flash has found a permanent place in the camera bag.