Flash under the Sun



That’s right.  Using flash under the sun.  Remember a scene from the movie Yes Man where a learner in a photography class asks the teacher before leaving for the photo-walk if he should be using the flash?  Everyone laughed,  including me.  But now when I know the importance of using flash I know it wasn’t a stupid question.  In fact the flash can add greatly to your images when used wisely.  Wise use is what I’m trying to learn.  I’m not very good using the flash.  I really wish at times in low lighting conditions I  had a fast lens so I wont have to use the flash.  But sometimes using the flash is better than having a fast lens.  And you don’t need an expensive DSLR to create a great portrait.

This picture of my mine that you see above was shot in the middle of the day when the sun is really strong.  Not the ideal time to shoot I know.  I was sitting in the shadow but if you notice there are fewer shadows on my face.  That is because I have used flash to fill up those shadow areas on my face.  This is not a perfect picture but I just wanted to share a small idea that can make a big difference to your portraits next time you’re shooting in the sun.  Had I used a stronger flash you wouldn’t see any shadow at all on my face and the picture would have come a step closer to being perfect.  You can try this too.  To notice the difference shoot two pictures (portraits) in the middle of the day with and without flash and you’ll know what I mean.  I have been told flash can be my friend if I know how to use it and that’s what I’m trying to do.  I’ll let you know when flash has accepted my friend request 🙂 Next, I’d try to use light off camera which I’ve rarely done.  Stay tuned!


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