A lot of people hear the term “flash photography” and instantly think of pictures of people with their eyes glowing red and harsh shadows being cast. It’s true – the typical interpretation of flash photography has a bunch of negative associated ideas about it, but that’s because most people are familiar with on-camera flash units and point and shoot flash photography that emits the flash straight out from the camera causing terrible shadows and glowing eyes and reflections and… it’s just bad. It’s unfortunate too that most cameras in their basic settings tend to automatically pop the flash up and start spraying that terrible harsh light all over the place. But, flash photography can be great – it can be a real lifesaver making almost impossible shots completely possible while also looking great! It’s all about using an external flash (even with the external flash attached to the camera the results are often awesome) and bouncing the light rather than shooting it directly forward.
In the video below I outline REAL basic methods of using external flash to make a photograph which will save people a lot of money and frustration. Money? Yeah – a lot of people chase crazy fast primes for all the wrong reasons – usually they want to be able to take reasonably fast shutter-speed photos without a flash in extremely low-light conditions and end up looking at lenses with ƒ/1.2 and ƒ/1.4 apertures, shooting wide open, getting shots that are lit poorly with low depth of field but getting the shots. I love super shallow DOF, bokehlicious (lol), moody shots created with large aperture lenses! But, sometimes a scene requires more than that, or sometimes you can’t even focus due to how low the light is! Enter the external flash:
And here is a few examples of how external flash can make photos that you didn’t think you could: