A photographer told me that the other day. “You don’t Need Flash. If it’s not night, you do not need flash”.
And here’s why he is so very misguided; even plain wrong.
You don’t always need flash, sure. But sometimes you do, if you want creative options. Like yesterday, during a sunflower field with model shoot. I could have shot the models the traditional no flash way, i.e. a small enough aperture, or high enough ISO, or slow enough shutter, to get:
But instead I preferred this:
For that, I exposed the background to about –2 stops (meter displays –2, or if in an auto mode, you use exposure compensation to –2). (In fact I was in manual mode: 1/250th sec, 400 ISO, f/8. That showed as –2 stops on the meter.) Then I used an off camera flash with an umbrella to light the subject. I got the image above. Look at the model’s face: she is the “bright pixels”, and she is lit from where I want.
A couple more examples of photos from yesterday, also done with flash:
And all this was only possible because of flash. I set up the single flash as follows, firing through an umbrella: