Using the In-Camera Flash

  Posted in Camera on

  by Dave Kim


Using the In-Camera Flash

It seems these days is so many photographers are against using flash in their digital photography. They would rather use a high ISO than use the flash. Flash can blow out a shot at times with its harsh light, but there are times when you have to use a flash and, when it is used correctly, it really makes the shot. I personally prefer to use a flash that is off-camera, but there are times when the camera you use does not allow for that option. When that is the case, there are a few tips to help you still get a good shot.

  1. Get close to your subject: the power of the flash is its main limitation. The external flashes typically have their own power source, a built-in flash shares power with the rest of the camera. Because of this, you have to get close enough to the subject for the flash to do its job. If you are, for some reason, unable to get close to your subject, turn your flash off and bump up your ISO.
  2. Use a slow sync flash: a built-in flash can give results that are harsh by overwhelming the other sources of ambient light. This is in part because the flash hits the subject directly rather than indirectly. You can use a slow sync flash to help get around this. To do this, you use a slow shutter speed and fire the flash with an open shutter.
  3. Diffuse your flash: some photographers have been known to make their own diffusers for their flash. One way this is done is through using semi-opaque adhesive tape on the flash. This diffuses the light that goes through the flash. Other photographers use a white index card to diffuse the flash by putting it in front of the flash so it bounces the light up or sideways. You may have to compensate your exposure by increasing it a stopper to since your camera will not automatically know that you are reducing the power of the flash.
  4. Use a fill-in flash: your flash should not only be used when it’s dark. When you shoot outdoors, your flash can help your image to stand out even more. This is particularly the case when your subject has a strong backlight or a harsh downward light. The fill flash will bring light to the areas that are shadowed.

As you can see, there are times when you should use a flash. Is because many photographers do not prefer to use a flash, is no reason for you to be scared of it. Practice using the tips above to figure out when and how to use your flash.