The quality and type of flash is a critical issue in all types of photography. There are a vast number of flashes on the market, and it’s important to make sure that you get a flash which is suitable for your camera. Fortunately for photographers, it’s pretty easy to get a good quality flash for quite low prices.
The basic types of flash are:
- Hot Shoe- These are slide-in flashes for docks
- External mounts- The more common type of flash, mounted on the camera or on a “clinch band” attachment
- Off-camera hand held flashes- Digital flashes with cord attachments
- Flash brackets- Separate flashes mounted on brackets attached to the camera
- Dedicated model flashes- These include both the manufacturer brand flashes and the big Bower range of model-specific flashes
- Macro Rings- Used in advanced shadowless photography and incorporating a special single tube flash for 3D effects and high quality resolution
- Twin focus- Used on DSLR cameras for improved focal quality in conjunction with flash photography
- Video light-Used to improve low light video photography, a sort of spotlight effect. Usually arm and bracket mounted
- Wireless flash- An infrared “commander” flash utility which can control groups of cameras in competitive environments. Includes close-up variants and slave wireless flash options
Shopping for flashes
There are several things to consider when buying a flash:
- Suitability for the model of camera- Some flashes are highly advanced technology, designed to work with cameras which are equipped to process the flash imagery. Make sure that the flash you select is appropriate.
- DSLR requirements- It’s a good idea to check out any manufacturer information and professional forums for information about the best equipment to go with your DSLR camera. These cameras are precision instruments, and they need high performance flashes.
- Video camera requirements- Like the DSLRs, good camcorders have a range of performance requirements.
- Technical and scientific photography- This is a matter of specifications, and it’s important to make sure your flash matches your camera’s ISO and other high quality features.
Important:Always check your price options. You can get top quality precision flashes quite cheaply online, with all the specifications you’ll need to be sure you’re getting the right flash for your camera.