Camera Flashes and Accessories Panama City Beach FL

Camera accessories can turn an average camera into a high quality, top of the line photography device. With the addition of flash units and other accessories, photographers are up to any challenge. Here you’ll find additional information on camera flash and accessories as well as local companies and providers that may help you in your search.

Wolf Camera
(561) 624-0161
The Gardens 3101 PGA Blvd. Space E-103
Gardens, FL
Ritz Camera
(813) 348-9024
International Plaza 2223 N. West Shore Blvd. Suite 144
Tampa, FL
Ritz Camera
(727) 381-8602
Tyrone Square Mall 2301 Tyrone Square
Saint Petersburg, FL
Ritz Camera
(239) 498-5861
Coconut Point Town Center 23106 Fashion Dr Ste 101
Estero, FL
Ritz Camera Ultra
(904) 645-7235
St. John's Town Center 10281 Midtown Parkway Suite 101
Jacksonville, FL
Ritz Camera
(954) 255-5634
University Drive 1331 N University Dr
Coral Springs, FL
Ritz Camera
(407) 240-6998
Special Tee Golf Plaza 1233 W. Sand Lake Road Suite 8
Orlando, FL
Wolf Camera
(941) 366-7484
Sarasota Camera Exchange 1055 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
Ritz Camera
(561) 470-6310
Shadowwood Square 20642 State Road 7 Ste 1
Boca Raton, FL
Ritz Camera
(407) 855-4897
The Florida Mall 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL

A Flash in the Night

A Flash In The Night

Create dramatic evening images with a touch of artificial light

A Flash In The Night

To create exciting images at night, a flash is an indispensable tool. Stunning results are possible by simply using a camera's built-in or auxiliary flash unit. Yet there's so much more that you can do with a flash beyond merely turning it on.

There's no reason to be intimidated about using flash. Today's TTL (through-the-lens) metering systems make it incredibly simple to get well-exposed flash images automatically. Just because it's automatic, however, doesn't mean that the images have to be boring. Flash pictures can be just as compelling as any photo shot under the sun.

Flash Fundamentals
To make the most of your flash, it's best to understand how a flash exposure is achieved in a TTL system. In traditional TTL systems, the flash is discharged and the light reflected off the subject returns to the camera through the lens and hits a sensor within the camera body. Based on the ISO sensitivity, the camera quenches the flash as soon as it has determined that sufficient light has hit the subject, all of this occurring within thousandths of a second.


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Flash & Lighting

Flash & Lighting

Choosing the right accessory flash and other useful lighting tools for perfect exposures

For capturing exciting images and well-balanced exposures, a flash is an indispensable tool that can greatly expand the creative possibilities and quality of your photography. Making colors brighter even in daylight, removing shadows from faces, adding catchlight to eyes and opening up the foreground in early-morning and late-evening scenics all become possible when using an accessory flash.

Advanced metering, manual options and a variety of automatic modes offer extended control that goes further than what your camera’s built-in flash can typically do. Beyond that, a flash also can extend the range and accuracy of your D-SLR’s autofocus system with a built-in AF assist beam that aids focusing in low light. Take note of compatibility, though, because some work properly with only their own systems and, more specifically, some features are only available when used with specific cameras.

For even more control and flexibility, you can change the quality of the light emitted by a flash by bouncing or diffusing it. Using a diffuser over the flash head will soften the light’s appearance, reducing harsh shadows and high contrast. Other simple, easy-to-use accessories like portable continuous lights, collapsible reflectors and ring-flash units serve to better illuminate what you’re shooting.

For its convenience and portability, a flash is the most popular choice for adding light to the scene. If you’re considering upgrading an older unit, know that recycling times have been greatly improved in new models, so you won’t have to wait long to continue shooting. Many newer flash units have a swivel head that can be aimed at a reflective surface, like a ceiling or wall, to bounce light for softer, indirect illumination.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II
The Canon Speedlite 580EX II has a maximum GN of 190, rotates 180 degrees in either direction for maximum bounce flexibility, and is resistant to dust and water. Other features include 20-percent faster recycling than its predecessor, E-TTL II operation for a variety of Canon cameras and an external metering sensor for non-TTL automatic flash exposure control. White-balance information is instantly transmitted to the SLR’s processor for ensuring accurate colors. Estimated Street Price: $499.

Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1
Compatible with all popular D-SLR cameras, the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 has a USB port that allows future firmware updates via the Internet. With a GN of 190, the bounce head offers zoom coverage from 24mm to 105mm, and a built-in wide-angle diffuser expands that range to 18mm. Depending on the camera model, the 58 AF-1 offers high-speed synchronization and wireless TTL operation. Also included are specially designed reflectors that help boost output, a reflector card that flips open...

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Lighting the Way

Lighting The Way

Understand the fundamentals of flash to make the best purchasing decision

Lighting The Way

When it comes to flash, it's easy to consign its use for night when there isn't enough light. The real power of flash lies in its ability to improve the quality of almost any photograph, however, whether shot at twilight or midday. More than just a source of illumination when light is lacking, it's a phenomenal tool for affecting exposure, contrast and color.

This has become all the more possible with the technological advances made by camera and flash manufacturers. A flash isn't an afterthought, but instead an integral part of a complete exposure system. In the case of the Nikon D70, for example, distance information from an AF Nikkor lens combines with the camera's 1,005-sensor meter and preflash data from the SB-800 AF Speedlight to produce an accurate exposure. The wonder is that all of this happens by just turning on the flash.

Supplementing your camera with an auxiliary flash expands your creative possibilities. By understanding the difference such a tool can make in your photographs, the easier it becomes to choose the flash that best suits your needs.

Built-In Vs. Auxiliary Flash
A built-in flash can be the ultimate convenience; simply activate the flash and take your picture. Despite their small size, they can illuminate an area up to approximately 12 to 15 feet at ISO 100, more than enough for most shooting situations. Built-in flash doesn't offer enough power for more distant subjects, however.


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