7 IDEAS OF HOW TO USE FLASH TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOS BETTER:

Bouncing the light off the ceiling with your flash will give you nicer results.

A lot of beginner photographers make the mistake of assuming that a flash is used to add light when shooting in conditions where the light is insufficient. Well, this is only partially true. In fact, you can use flash even in situations where there’s enough natural light. Using a flash allows you to add a certain “pop” to your image that is not possible when only using natural light.

In this blog today, we want to go over the details of how to use flash effectively even if you don’t think you need to use flash. There are situations where using your flash will improve your photo immensely.

As I did in the previous blog, I found a video that explained how to understand the basics of flash photography. In today’s video I will post this great video on different ways to use flash to make your everyday photography look better.

7 Quick and EASY Flash Photography Tips

A common mistake a lot of beginner photographers make is to turn the flash head directly towards the subject. This has a lot of undesired effects. It creates unflattering hotspots and harsh shadows, and makes the image appear unnatural. As Joy demonstrates in the video, there are a lot of ways you can overcome this.

“Flash is not just about adding more light to your photo. It’s about molding the light to your photo.”

Vanessa Joy

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MORE IDEAS OF HOW TO USE YOUR FLASH:

A lot of beginner photographers make the mistake of assuming that a flash is used to add light when shooting in conditions where the light is insufficient. Well, this is only partially true. In fact, you can use flash even in situations where there’s enough natural light. Using a flash allows you to add a certain “pop” to your image that is not possible when only using natural light. In this context, today we have professional wedding and portrait photographer Vanessa Joy with Adorama who shares seven tips on how you can use flash to take better images:

MORE IDEAS OF HOW TO USE YOUR FLASH:

The idea is to think of a way to make the light source as big as possible. Joy shares a ton of ways you can do that. Starting from the bare minimum, you can use the small diffusion cover that a speedlight comes with. Or, you can also use a small white card to bounce the light indirectly toward the subject. For better results, use a reflector to bounce the flash towards the subject. You’ll instantly see how much better the images come out.

In cases where you need to use flash indoors, the task is even easier. Just look for neutral-colored walls or ceilings and turn your flash head in that direction. The entire wall or ceiling acts as a huge light source and bounces off soft light, resulting in flattering images.

Joy also shares some interesting ways you can introduce colors to your images using flash and gels. And if you’re someone who loves to take portraits during golden hours, be sure to watch till the end. You’ll get to see how you can create your own golden sun using flash and gels.

Bounce flash diffuser

If you watched the video, you will know the value of this piece. This allows you to have bounce flash in areas where you can’t bounce your light off the wall or ceiling.

$29.95

Softbox attachment for flash for Canon, Nikon bounce flashes

As seen on the video, this is another tool that just helps you to spread the light all around the subject and a nicer diffused light on the subject.

$29.95

Electronic slave flash

A slave flash is a flash that will fire when another flash is fired. This will get some special effects that will allow you to shoot two flashes at the same time. A photographers great tool

$74.95

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