Last week when I mentioned using flash for outdoor portraits, I know a few of you cringed at the thought. As a wedding photographer in the early nineties, I had to use flash and use it well. The film ISO I used was only 100 and I was stuck with it. In these days, you can adjust your ISO on the fly with cameras hitting ISO 6400 without breaking a sweat.
So, why use flash today? Simple answer: Because the language of photography is light. Flash is another tool for a photographer to use to bring the light needed for the photos he/she wishes to capture. Flash allows me to get photos I could not have gotten without it. Sure I could get a badly underexposed photo and maybe save it with photo editing software. That is not as efficient as popping on a flash unit and getting the exposure right in the camera. It will produce a better photo every time when used correctly.
Here are three links to articles I wrote for the AllEars.net photoblog I contribute to about using a hot shoe flash unit, my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight. These articles are relevant to any hot shoe flash which has a flash head that can be angled and swiveled. Besides, you are going to want to meet my model, Shirley. She has the patience of a saint and is very easy to work with.
And, as a compliment to last week’s article on Outdoor Portraiture, here’s one on using flash indoors.
Flash is not hard. It’s like learning how to get correct exposures. You read, practice and learn from experience. Remember when you first got your digital camera? Now, look at what you are doing. You can master a flash, too.
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