Photo Tips - using flash when it's bright

To flash or not to flash – when getting started in photography, your flash can be your best friend and also your worst enemy.

It is tricky to learn when to use it, when to avoid it and how to make every shot look great. To help you sort through the mystery we’ve created some tips for you. Once you master the art of the flash you’ll find that your photos can really shine using our video editing programs.


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Auto Flash is Great for Beginners

When you’re just learning to photograph, the auto flash feature can really save the day. Most modern cameras have pretty intuitive flash settings which means that you can get the right amount of light most of the time using auto-flash. This is great for beginners since it is one less feature to have to worry about as you program your DSLR.

As you start experimenting and gaining confidence with your camera, consider working on your flash bouncing skills. Bouncing the flash can diffuse the light creating softer shadows, while still using the auto flash settings. One tip for bouncing: Turn up the flash. Since bouncing requires the light to reflect off of a second surface, you’ll need more flash to achieve the same effect.


Bouncing The Flash

The basic principle behind bouncing the flash involves reflecting the harsh light of the flash off of something else to diffuse it. For example you can aim your flash gun at the ceiling above your subject so the flash will hit the ceiling first and then diffuse down onto the subject.

To bounce the flash using your camera you will need a little specialized equipment in addition to your DSLR camera. All you need extra is a flash gun and a little patience as you learn to use it. Your camera will work directly with your flashgun, telling it how much flash to use. All you have to do is aim, bounce and let the camera do the rest.

Since the light travels additional distance, you’ll have to adjust your camera settings a bit or turn up the flash, but once you get it right, the overall look is quite nice.


If you are bouncing the flash and you aren’t getting enough light consider increasing your flash, opening up the aperture more or increasing the F-stop.

With flash practice makes perfect. As you get started using your DSLR don’t be afraid to play with various settings to see what difference each makes on the overall effect. It may take time to perfect your flash skills, but a great picture is certainly worth the effort. Once you get it right, the movies you create with our top video editing software will really shine.


Learn to make a DIY flash bounce with this helpful video from CNET:


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