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Flash photography used to be more difficult.

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I’ve been shooting with flash pretty consistently for about the past 15 years or so. Before that, I had a couple of speedlights but didn’t really know what to do with them at the time. We take them for granted these days.

But flash wasn’t always as simple – or as relatively inexpensive – as it is today. Flash used to be a consumable – and an explosive one at that. In this video, Technology ConnectionsExplores the history and development of the camera flash.

Today’s conveniences are many

In 2024 and for the last several years, I have a dozen or more ideas. studio strobesI have a half dozen speedlights, some with battery options, and many others that are battery-operated. I can control and communicate with all of these devices using a small box that sits on top of my digital camera.

And I can shoot as much as I want. I can fire as much as I want until the overheat warnings start. Then, I’ll have to relax for a while. Flash is still a great tool to use, despite this little inconvenience.

Godox V1 Pro

There’s a lot of choice with complete control from our cameras, not to mention features like TTL and High Speed Sync. And yes, they may sometimes command a sizeable up-front cost, but that’s all you ever need to pay.

You’re not replacing it every time you need to do another shoot.

New units are released regularly, such as the recently announced Godox Pro V1 (Buy here), improving on the previous generation’s features. We also have another device that didn’t even exist 20-30 years ago. Remote controls.

Flashpoint R2 Nano

In the past, the best photographers could hope for was an infrared triggering system that would allow one flash to fire as soon as it saw another flash go off. Flash triggers allow us to control every light remotely, with automatic and advanced features like TTL and HSS. And they’re tiny, too!

There are many devices on the market today that cater to different shooting styles and needs.

It wasn’t always this way

Even as recently as the 1980s, flash was still pretty basic for most people – if it was an option at all. Studio strobes and flashes were available for professionals but most people used disposable flashes.

These were only used once. Or a collection stacked on top of one-time use things or arranged into a cube. I can remember my mother having a couple of flash units for her little Kodak Instamatic that would look absolutely alien to photographers coming up in today’s technology.

They were relatively inexpensive but still expensive enough that people didn’t buy them unless they really needed them. Because once you’d used up all the flashes in each unit, you’d need to buy another.

Today, we really take things for given.

A Slo Mo look at Flash

It’s a fascinating look at flash’s beginnings in the consumer world. Gav, from the Slo Mo Guys, also appears in the video at the halfway point to show us what happens to these flash bulbs when they are fired in slow-motion.

The events unfold at a fraction of the normal speed. Gav said that at one point a second in real-time would be slowed down to last nearly two hours during the playback.

If you’ve ever wondered how consumer flash began, this video goes into its origins and how it works in depth. It’s an excellent place to understand what it was all about and why it’s probably best left in the past.

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Original content by www.diyphotography.net – “Shooting with flash used to be a lot more challenging”

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