Contest: Single Flash Drama

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Hello all! I’ve got another contest to announce!

Once we have mastered the basics of photography – the in’s and out’s of the camera, the exposure triangle, depth of field, and the like – our thoughts start turning toward the manipulation of light. Before we acquire the skills necessary to manage a whole studio full of lights, we learn with a single off-camera flash, such as a speedlight. Before creating nuanced effects with strobes, gels, grids and reflectors, we explore the effects we can achieve with just one flash and our imagination.

For this contest, please submit a single photograph that best depicts the drama that can be achieved with a single flash. Post your photo on our Facebook Page, Google+ Community, or Flickr Group Discussion (please post to the discussion and not the group in general, so I can find your photo!). I will choose one photograph at random to be the winner.

The winner will receive one copy of The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. This is a fantastic volume full of excellent tips for learning the nuances of Photoshop CS6. I use my copy all the time and have found my Photoshop skills to be improving exponentially.

The contest begins TODAY and ends on Friday February 8th. The contest winner will be announced on Monday February 11th.

Recommended gear:

- Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
- Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
- Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
- Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
- Fotodiox 42″ 5-in-1 Reflector Pro, Premium Grade Collapsible Disc, Soft Silver/Gold/Black/White/Diffuser
- Westcott 36 inch Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit-2340

Articles to help you out:

- PocketWizard Straight Out of the Box
- Flash, Strobe, or Constant Light?
- Light Meter Basics
- An Inexpensive Speedlight Studio
- Understanding Light in Photography – Beginner Level
- Lighting – Where to Begin
- Balancing Ambient Light with a Speedlight

Good luck, and have fun!

Photo credit: Tiffany Joyce (and the tutorial for how to photograph water drops using a speedlight is here)

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