Flash photography can be quite difficult. But as a professional photographer, there are plenty of times when I have to take photos in poorly-lit areas – whether it’s a bar where a local Michigan band is playing, or in a home, where I need to use a flash to illuminate living spaces.
Because of this, I’ve gotten quite good at taking flash photos – and using the power of artificial illumination to its fullest extent. Here’s a little sneak peek at my process when taking flash photos.
1. Determine If A Flash Is Really Necessary
Often, I could simply just choose a longer exposure or a higher ISO setting in a low-light environment. Of course, this is only appropriate for stationary subjects, such as landscapes or cityscapes. If my subject is moving, it will be far too blurry – so I’ll likely need to use a flash.
2. Choose The Proper Equipment
I’ve got several different types of flash – from ring flashes, to remote flashes and more. I’ll always take the time to think through the amount of light required by my subject, and how each type of flash will impact the composition.
3. Take Plenty Of Test Shots
Test shots are critical for working with flash photography – especially during events. I’ve got to make sure that my flashes are working properly, and that they are providing enough illumination for my subjects.
Because of this, I often take quite a few test shots before I even get to my main photoshoot. You can’t cut corners when it comes to quality!
4. Retouch And Edit Photos For Stellar Results
Even the best flash photos can have some flaws – such as harsh edge lighting, bright spots, or even red-eye, in some cases. That’s why I specialize in photo post-processing to remove these artifacts. I can also bring up the brightness, decrease grain, and perform a number of other simple edits to bring out the beauty in a flash photograph.
Flash Photography – A True Test Of Skill!
Without the right equipment and knowledge, flash photography can be cheap, dark, and provide poor results. That’s why I’ve taken the time to get familiar with modern flash photography techniques – and I provide the best results! Interested in learning more? Contact me and I’ll answer any questions you may have.
Rebel Miles Photography
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