Posted: Thu, 11th Sep 2008, 10:19pm
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make a preset that is a camera flash.
Posted: Fri, 12th Sep 2008, 1:24am
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A basic flash shouldn't be too hard to do as a preset, but really, you've got to know someone with a camera, if you don't have one yourself. And unless the shot is of a camera flashing directly into the frame, you are going to have a hard time getting the lighting to match the flash convincingly in post.
Having someone flash a camera on set is cheap (as in free), easy, and will be more convincing than anything you come up with in post.
Also, a camera flash going on in the frame in close up, in a medium shot, and a wide shot, a flash going off out of frame, from a side angle or three-quarter view, all will look very different. Sometimes a flash is used to lead into a still image of something the photo was taken of, or as a transition between scenes, again requiring a different look. A few more details about what exactly you are after will be helpful for someone working on this effect.