How to use the flash correctly: don’t ever worry about dark photos again!

The flash is a very delicate tool for a photographer: at times it is indispensable, but others it can totally ruin a shot. Knowing how to use the flash correctly can make a big difference in your photos.

How to use the flash and improve your photos

First of all you should always remember that it’s better to take pictures with natural light. The first rule on how to use the flash is definitely to not exaggerate and use it only when it’s truly necessary. If the natural light isn’t enough, then use the flash. The flash is essential to avoid taking dark photos. But beware! Never use the flash in the dark, especially in total darkness: it will blast too much light on the scene, flattening both the subject and the shadows needed to give body and depth to the shot.

It’s important to never use the flash in the dark because there is the risk that some elements of the shot or even the entire photo will appear too artificial and flat, without the right depth, and diverge from the ambience that you wanted to capture.

To understand how to use the flash you also need to understand that this tool does not replace natural illumination. Ambient light and flash must work together to fill the gaps of natural brightness. If, for example, you find yourself in a room that isn’t receiving enough natural light, it’s probably a good idea to use a reflected flash: place your subject near a white wall that remains outside the frame; at this point, when snapping the photo with the flash on, natural light and artificial light will work together and reflect more light onto your subject, courtesy of the white wall.

Always remember that when using the flash, you need to set the correct shutter timing and diaphragm. Imagine photographing a subject in front of a panorama. Remember that the ambient light is controlled by the shutter timing: the lower the exposure time is, the darker the surroundings will be while the subject – lit up by the flash – will maintain constant exposure to light.

Now that you know how to use the flash correctly, you can get the most out of your shots and upload them to the Gallerist archive where you might find buyers interested in your work!


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