The HVL-F58AM arrived today in the mail. Normally, I don’t like shooting with a flash but if I am to progress to the next level in my photography I need to explore it as an option.
My biggest pet peeve about flash photography is that images shot straight on with the built in flash or even an add-on flash unit tend to look terrible. Obviously, if you know what you are doing, you can get good results but I am not in danger of actually knowing what I am doing.
Satyr, who was instrumental in my development of available light photography, recently gave me the heads up on the new flash unit from Sony to compliment their line of dSLR cameras. I checked out the early press releases and determined that this might be the flash unit for me.
What struck me the most was the versatility of how this flash can be shaped to allow for bounce as well as proper illumination even when shooting in portrait mode. Check out this video
The flash unit just came out this month and due to a promotion from the Sony Style web site I was able to purchase one at a significant discount.
This thing is AMAZING! Out of the box and mounted on my camera, full on automatic and this is the result:
Great color, smart white balance. SWEEEEET!
Even better, with the Sony Alpha 700 it can be used right out of the box as a wireless flash. This shot was taken with the flash unit sitting to the left of the subject (Luis):
Again, full auto. Good color, nice contrast due to the light coming in from the side.
Of course the wireless aspect opens up a whole new dimension for shooting with a flash. A dimension of dramatic possibilities…
I have a lot to learn, but I am encouraged by such good and fun results minutes out of the box.