flash photographyUtilizing the power of the flash in photography could help the budding artist in you get the most out of your pictures. But caution not to abuse the flash since this may backfire and work against you.

Flash is most helpful in taking action shots, freezing that single instant without blurring the subject and the details. Flash also makes sure that pictures would not get blurred if the film has low ISO or grainy if shooting in low light.

Flash can also be utilized in very bright light, for example during midday when the sun is high up. Although there is almost no shadow, details get blotted out especially when an object obstructs the light coming directly from above. I was advised in my photography class to use a flash even in broad delight since the facial shadows would block the features of the rest of the face.

All cameras have built-in flash already, but professionals still prefer to use external flash or accessory flash units. This way, they can control which shots need flash and how intense or direct the flash should be.

The drawbacks of using flash though is that sometimes it creates an unnatural intensity of light to the image. One way of alleviating this is make sure that the subject is at a considerable distance. If your camera has flash settings, adjust them accordingly.

Another problem with flash is red eye. Newer camera models though have preflashes or that lingering red light before the actual flash to prevent most instances of red eye.