Many photographers are familiar with using a flash to light their photos, especially if they are shooting outdoor portraits or wedding shots.
But the million-dollar question is, are you using the flash the way you are supposed to? Professional photographer and teacher Scott Kelby with B&H has some simple yet amazing tips for anyone using or looking to use flash in their photography.
It’s worth watching the whole video, but if you want a quick summary, these are the five tips:
Tip 1: If you are shooting outdoors, make sure you put a gel over your flash. Save yourself from the noticeable contrast of white light under the yellow sun.
Tip 2: Lower the power of your flash.
Tip 3: When you are shooting outdoors in the afternoon light, your base exposure should make the subject appear in a silhouette. Add the flash just to light the subject. As Kelby says:
“The only thing you want lighting your subject is the flash.”
Tip 4: Try one-stop diffuser.
Tip 5: Use a lightbox.
Want to understand more? Check out the video above for some more insights. Kelby’s advice is worthwhile for beginners and pros alike.
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