4 Stylish Camera Flash Photography Tips

There are many different ways to manipulate the light in camera flash photography. Light can be one of the most difficult things to control in any photo shoot. The flash present on most every camera can be used to substitute for natural lighting when none (or not enough) is available naturally. The flash feature can be adjusted in different ways to do more than simply illuminate your photo subject, though. Here are four of the most popular flash techniques you can use to make your photos stand out in a crowd.

1. Fill Flash

The technique known as Fill Flash comes from using the flash even when it isn't necessary. Most cameras today feature an auto flash that will trigger the flash whenever it seems to be needed. If you have a subject with many shadows or rooms with no windows, you may want to use the flash anyway to make sure everything is properly lit. It is still important to stay in the 4 to 10 feet range when doing so.

2. Freezing an Action

If you are photographing an action like a couple dancing or someone playing football, you may want to snap a shot that freezes the person in place. This can be done with the flash. Using no flash will cause the movements to blur, but using the flash will give you a detailed shot. Increasing the flash or shutter speed will go even further in adding detail and clarity to an action photo.

3. Red Eye Reduction

Many new digital cameras have a red eye reduction flash feature available. This actually sets the flash off a second before the photo is captured, allowing the subjects pupils to contract and eliminating most cases of red eye from your shots. Eliminating the red eye from your photos when they are taken is much easier and less time consuming than editing the digital images after the fact.

4. Slow Sync Flash

The last technique is another used for action photos when you want to show the motion path of a moving object such as a speeding car or thrown baseball. This is a more complex shot that flashes at the beginning of the exposure but holds the shutter open longer after the flash. This creates a blur path showing the movement of your subject. Other options are available as well when triggering the flash at different points in the shutter exposure. For best results, experiment with different settings and subjects to see what yields the best results.

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