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Incorporating Flash In Your Photography

Flash photography is an amazing way to add variety to your photos, capture creative images, and assist in low lighting.

I used to only use flash when I had to, for extremely low light situations like receptions and dance floors, but recently I've loved experimenting with flash techniques for creative effect.

If you’ve ever felt intimidated by flash or you’re unsure of how to get started, I hope this post helps you feel more confident and inspired to start incorporating flash into your work.

Before we get into the four flash techniques, I wanted to share my favorite external flash. This is a portable, detachable flash unit is designed to provide additional illumination for photography and unlike built-in, on-camera flashes, external speedlites provide greater power and flexibility, advanced features and less red-eye. 

Now let’s get into the four flash techniques: 

Direct Flash:
A method in which the flash is pointed directly at the subject, often producing harsh, strong light and high contrast. Direct flash is typically used to capture fast-moving subjects or create a more bold or editorial style image.


Bounce Flash:
Involves redirecting the flash towards a surface, such as a ceiling, wall, or reflector card, before it reaches the subject. This technique softens the light and creates more even illumination by diffusing it over a larger area. Bounce flash is often used in indoor low light situations.


Shutter Drag:
This technique involves using a slower shutter speed while firing the flash to capture both ambient light and motion blur, while illuminating and freezing your subject. Shutter Drag is often used in night photography, or on dance floors to create dynamic images.


Diffused Flash:
Involves using a diffuser or soft box attachment to soften the light emitted by the flash. This produces a calmer, more flattering light with smoother transitions between highlights and shadows. Diffused flash is often used in portraiture and studios.


If you're eager to master flash photography, and want to learn how to adjust your camera settings for capturing these techniques, you can learn more in The Camera Settings Course.

Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, there's something for everyone to learn from in this course. Inside you’ll learn photography & exposure basics, navigating your camera, ideal settings for different shooting and lighting scenarios, creative techniques and more.

Get lifetime access in the shop or enjoy it for free as a Rise Member.

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