The advantages of taking pictures with flash

The advantages of taking pictures with flash

Contrary to the most normalized belief to avoid Flash Photography, there are some benefits that are attached with the flash photography that you can adopt to make the most out of your lighting in the flash photography.

– You can make yourself independent of ambient light and can create your own lighting mood at any location at any time and bring out your motif better.

– You can mix existing ambient light with flash light and thus bring even more of the mood you want to express in your photo.

– You can bring more sharpness into the picture in poor light conditions with flashed photos thanks to the short burn-off time of the flashes.

– With correctly used colored foils you can significantly influence the mood in a photo. Sometimes just feels right.

– You can lighten shadows. Sounds easy, it is. Sometimes you just need help brightening up an area that is in the shade.

– That leads to the next point, balanced exposure. We sometimes have no options to balance between light and dark areas during exposure and then have to lighten the shadows too much in post-processing. You can use a flash to help you take photos, this leads to a more balanced exposure.

With flash and color foils, you can also fundamentally determine and shape the mood of your photo.

Here is just a small example. Winter, it’s cold, foggy, gloomy.

Sure, you could do all of this without a flash. But you can also bring a little lighter to the face and at the same time ensure that the cold becomes clearer, while the colors on the face and body are crisp and “real”.

Take two times the same photo, two times completely different effect:

Color foils were simply used here to color the background a little differently.

The subject remains at the same temperature both times, only the background changes the color temperature. Once a little warmer, once a little cooler.

The effect of the picture, which was made in winter, simply becomes more cold if you use; no, not a cool foil, but a warm foil. Confusing? But it’s very easy if you take the time to understand the relationships between white balance and color transparencies.

If you use warm foil for the flash, it means you turn the white balance on the camera cooler.

So without lightning the face would be blue.

The warm foil on your flash gives your face the correct color temperature again, while the background – whiz

Distance and lightning

Learning to photograph means; on the technical side. first of all, to understand ISO, aperture and exposure time, exposure triangle. Distance and lighting are co-related concepts.

The more distant the objects are; the more external lights you will need to put emphasize on that specific object. Usually, light boxes, soft strips are used to illuminate the subject. Soft reflectors and light reflectors are also used to make the subject out stand the environment. Work on the background too if you want to minimize hard shadows.

If the flash is added, then there are 2 points in addition to the exposure triangle.

The flash output, i.e. the amount of light that the flash emits, on the one hand.

And on the other hand – the distance between the flash and the subject and the distance between the subject and the background.

This is an essential point that far too often is not considered and properly learned when dealing with lightning.

Take some boot camps, short courses or online courses to take care of the work with different distances in great detail. In order for this to be possible at all, you must first learn to understand the so-called “reciprocal square law”. It forms the basis for further work with lightning and distances.

Here is a small excerpt that should help you understand the complicated-sounding reciprocal square law. If you want to understand and use all the relationships between ISO, aperture, exposure time, distance, flash output and colors correctly and your work with flash to a completely new level try to find the best course around your circle that covers all these points well.


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