I am often asked “do you always use flash?”.
The answer is “no, but I always consider using flash”. In other words, flash gives me so many more options that I feel it would be a mistake to ignore those options.
One of yesterday’s students in the sun, the way you would have to do it without flash:
But with flash, we have options. Like this:
Isn’t that 100 times better? Emphasis on subject, saturated colour, modeling with light. And the setup is not complicated:
You may notice that I have two flashes shooting into the umbrella. That way, I can get both of them set to half power, which is a lot better than one flash at full power: full power tends to overheat flashes, and the recycle time is slower.
Camera settings for the “proper” shot were: manual mode, 100 ISO, 1/250 sec, f/8.
A couple more examples:
The green gelled flash was there to show it could be done. In a “real” photo I probably would have aimed that green gelled flash at the darker area in the background.
And even with one off camera flash you can have fun:
So now that the summer is here, bring your flash, take a lesson and learn to use it—and have fun creating images that you can be proud of; images where you are in charge of the light.