Modeling flash

In a studio, modeling lights are used in combination with strobes, and are often integrated into single light units. These are lights that remain on (unlike a flashing strobe) to help you see how light is falling on a subject before firing the flash. They let you see shadows and highlights as they will appear when the flash is fired and the image is created.

You can achieve something similar with your dSLR and flash, to illuminate a scene before you actually take the photo. To preview how your flash will look when the image is taken, press your camera’s depth-of-field button (see 8-15), which briefly fires the flash—an effect called a “modeling flash.” The flash goes on just long enough that you can preview your subject and how the flash will illuminate it.

The depth-of-field button, used to fire a modeling flash shot with a flash attached to the camera, is located at the lower-left side of the camera's lens mount (in the lower-center of this photo).

Remember, the depth-of-field button only provides a short-duration flash (unlike a true modeling light, which stays on), so you need to pay attention when it fires! Also, note that using it too much depletes battery life in both the camera and the flash.

Category: Flashes

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