I am sure you all know that I usually use flash in my photography. But not always.
I use flash to get light under my control. Light that goes where I want it to, from where I want it to come from. I do this to get modelling, to get shadows with effect, to get dark backgrounds and great contrast. Hard light is fine, even – as long as it is off camera.
But sometimes, existing light gives me that:
This gave me what I wanted:
- The shaft of light coming diagonally from the side.
- The shadow coming from Mau’s head.
- The whiskers sharp, offset against the dark.
- The eye sharp – view at original size to see this.
- Simple – simplicity is everything.
Nice, no? And done manually, with manual focus. And no adjustment in Lightroom except a very slight crop.
So while flash gives you the possibility to make this kind of light every time, if it’s already there, you do not need to create it.