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Flash photography has a reputation for being too complicated, too unnatural, too expensive, and a last resort option when dealing with subjects in the dark. In this video, we’re going to bust those common myths and show you how an on-camera flash can be used to create amazing images.

MYTH 1: FLASH IS COMPLICATED

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It’s true that there is more to learn, but every one of these principles is actually quite simple and easily understood when broken down. What’s difficult is trying to learn everything; lighting, flash, off-camera flash, studio strobes, modifiers and so forth, all at the same time. For this reason, we’re going to help you build a strong foundation so that flash won’t seem any more complicated than natural light. Check out some of the videos we have available to help you uncomplicate flash.

MYTH 2: FLASH CAN’T LOOK NATURAL

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That’s just hogwash! Flash can look natural, it can look stylistic, it can look however you want it to look once you understand how it works. Your flash power to ambient light ratio will determine how natural or dramatic your images will turn out. All the images above were shot with an on-camera flash for a natural light look.

MYTH 3: FLASH IS TOO EXPENSIVE

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It’s true that flash requires more gear than simple natural light photography, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to break the bank. Throughout the entire Lighting 101 course, we are simply using our on-camera flash with inexpensive modifiers, most of which are under $50.
Inexpensive flash modifiers we use

MYTH 4: FLASH IS ONLY FOR THE DARK

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Yet another completely false myth. Sure, flash can be used in dark environments, but it can also be used for so much more! We can use it during the day to improve the existing light quality or light direction. We can use it in situations where it is dark, and we simply need to add light. The bottom line is, flash is for so much more than just adding light in dark scenes; it’s for adding and creating the type of light that will make your image more powerful.

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  1. Jan Wedel-Heinen

    This is amazing, thx.
    Best regards Jan
    http://bryllupsshoot.dk

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