Level up your photography with Sony flash

Take your creative vision to the next level with a Sony flash. With the suitable lighting technique, an ordinary photo becomes a great one.

 

Fill-in flash

 

Fill-in flash

A little fill-in light gives any image a boost. The presence of shadows inevitably results in the loss of detail and color accuracy; this is especially evident in close-up (macro) photography.

With flash

With flash

No flash

Without flash

 HVL-F45RM | Alpha 7R III | FE 50 mm F2.8 Macro

Flash Setup

Flash setup

Mount the Sony HVL-F45RM onto the camera hot shoe. Set the flash to P-TTL mode. The flash unit will emit a pre-flash to ascertain the appropriate light output level for automatic fill flash. You can adjust the intensity of the fill flash on the Flash Compensation menu on your Sony Alpha 7 camera. For a softer lighting effect, attach the flash cap to the top of the flash.

Gear Used

HVL-F45RM

External Flash with Wireless Radio Control

HVL-F45RM

ILCE-7RM3

Alpha 7R III

ILCE-7RM3

SEL50M28

FE 50 mm F2.8 Macro

SEL50M28

FA-WRC1M

Wireless Radio Commander

FA-WRC1M

Backlight compensation

Backlight compensation

Bright, sunny conditions can create exposure issues during portrait photography. Without the help of a flash, the subject can appear dark and lifeless due to the strong backlight.

With flash

With flash

Without flash

Without flash

 HVL-F45RM | Alpha 7R III | FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS

Flash setup

Flash setup

Mount the Sony HVL-F45RM flash onto the camera hot shoe. Set the flash to P-TTL mode for automatic backlight compensation. As you press the shutter button, the flash unit will emit a pre-flash to ascertain the appropriate light output level for a balanced foreground exposure. Fine-tuning of flash power can be done through the Flash Compensation menu on the camera. For a softer lighting effect, attach the flash cap onto the top of the flash. 

Gear Used

HVL-F45RM

External Flash with Wireless Radio Control

HVL-F45RM

ILCE-7RM3

Alpha 7R III

ILCE-7RM3

SEL70200GM

FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS

SEL70200GM

Off-camera flash

Remote control of off-camera flash units

Create beautiful scenes with Sony’s multi-flash radio control capability. With the ability to control up to 15 Sony flash units in 5 different groups, it’s easy to light up any scene with precision. This technique is ideal for shooting high-quality still life and product shots.

With flash

With flash

Without flash

Without flash

HVL-F60RM | FA-WRC1M | Alpha 7R III | FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM

Flash setup

Flash setup

Use two HVL-F60RM flash units and a wireless radio commander (FA-WRC1M). By placing a HVL-F60RM remote control flash behind the flask, and one under the glass table top, a dramatic back lit effect will be created. The FA-WRC1M radio commander’s big LCD screen and dedicated buttons make it easy to manually adjust the relative power output of both flash units. This gives the photographer creative lighting control over any scene. On-the-fly manual adjustments to the flash power output can be made without moving away from the camera. All adjustments are wirelessly communicated to the remote flash units for a highly efficient workflow.
 
Exposure notes
 
Having the camera aperture set at F11 creates a deep depth of field so that both the flask and the glass—which is positioned a few centimeters in front of the flask—are both in sharp focus. To remove the impact of ambient lighting in the scene, a shutter speed of 1/250s and ISO sensitivity of 100 was chosen.

Gear Used

HVL-F60RM

High-speed flash

HVL-F60RM

FA-WRC1M

Wireless Radio Commander

FA-WRC1M

ILCE-7RM3

Alpha 7R III

ILCE-7RM3

 

SEL2470GM

FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM

SEL2470GM

 

Natural skin tones with flash

Natural skin tones with flash

Picture an indoor wedding party where the bride and groom are smiling radiantly, but the dim, incandescent lighting is making their faces look yellow or pale. With a Sony flash, you can capture natural skin tones in all kinds of lighting.

With flash

With flash

No flash

Without flash

HVL-F60RM | FA-WRC1M | Alpha 7R III | FE 24-70 mm F2.8GM

Lighting setup

Lighting setup

By placing an HVL-F60RM remote control flash to the right of the camera and another HVL-F60RM flash to the left, with both facing the sides of the subjects’ heads, the scene is bathed in color-corrected light. The FA-WRC1M radio commander makes it easy to adjust the relative output of both flash units without moving away from the camera. The key light to the right of the camera is set at ½ power while the flash to the left of camera set at ¼ strength—illuminating each person’s hair. The combination of the two Sony flash units provides a flattering illumination of the couple’s natural skin tones.

Exposure notes

The camera aperture was manually set at F9.0 to record sharp details of the bridal gown and the couple’s facial expressions. To capture the warm ambient lighting of the background, a slow shutter speed of 1/6s was used. The ISO sensitivity was set at 100.

Gear Used

HVL-F60RM

High-speed flash

HVL-F60RM

FA-WRC1M

Wireless Radio Commander

FA-WRC1M

ILCE-7RM3

Alpha 7R III

ILCE-7RM3

 

SEL2470GM

FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM

SEL2470GM

 

Outdoor photography

Outdoor flash. Daytime.

Combining flash photography with a wide-angle zoom lens (e.g. Sony’s FE 16-35 mm F2.8 GM) is great for dramatic portraits. By accentuating contrast in lighting between the subject and background, wide-angle scenes take on a whole new lease of life.

Outdoor flash. Daytime.

With flash

Outdoor flash. Daytime.

Without flash

 HVL-F45RM | FA-WRC1M | Alpha 7R III | FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

Outdoor flash. Daytime.

Lighting setup

By adding a key light to the left of the camera, the subject is beautifully illuminated and stands out against the background. The cityscape background has been under-exposed by one stop, adding intensity to the color and tones of the evening sky. This can be done by adjusting the exposure compensation dial on your Sony camera. The key light is configured for TTL mode shooting, and it automatically chooses an appropriate power setting in accordance with the camera exposure. The final result is a well-balanced capture, with good facial detail and accurate colors. 

Gear Used

HVL-F45RM

External Flash with Wireless Radio Control

HVL-F45RM

FA-WRC1M

Wireless Radio Commander

FA-WRC1M

ILCE-7RM3

Alpha 7R III

ILCE-7RM3

 

SEL1635GM

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

SEL1635GM

 

Outdoor flash. Night-time.

Shooting with a wide-open aperture while using a flash is a great recipe for cinematic portraiture. This technique is best used with a telephoto lens, e.g. Sony’s FE 85 mm F1.4 GM, in low light against a cityscape. The picture below shows a darkened subject against a beautiful bokeh background. With a burst of flash, the subject is brought clearly into focus.

With flash

With flash

Without flash

Without flash

HVL-F45RM | FA-WRC1M | Alpha 7R III | FE 85 mm F1.4 GM

Outdoor flash. Night-time.

Lighting setup

To achieve a cinematic effect, we used one HVL-F45RM flash unit and a wireless radio commander (FA-WRC1M). By placing an HVL-F45RM remote control flash to the left of the camera, a flattering cross-lighting separates the subject from the background. With the Sony flash set to TTL mode, it intelligently selects the appropriate power levels in accordance with the camera’s exposure. The final result is a beautiful portrait with true-to-life color rendition.

Exposure notes

 A wide open aperture of f/1.4 was selected to create the beautiful out-of-focus (bokeh) background. The shutter speed used was 1/60s and the ISO was set at 100.

Gear Used

HVL-F45RM

External Flash with Wireless Radio Control

HVL-F45RM

FA-WRC1M

Wireless Radio Commander

FA-WRC1M

ILCE-7RM3

Alpha 7R III

ILCE-7RM3

 

SEL85F14GM

FE 85 mm F1.4 GM

SEL85F14GM