Basics Of Flash Photography

June 15, 2010

When we are photographing children many times we need to take the photograph when we are indoors, say for example at a birthday party or pajama party. In order to capture the very best images we need to make sure that we understand the basics of flash photography and use them as we photograph the children.

Remember – photography is all about light. In earlier posts I have discussed photography when we are using the existing light in a scene and how to control the camera to take advantage of or compensate for a particular lighting situation.

Panasonic Lumix ZS5 Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix ZS5 Digital Camera

But we don’t always have the ability to use the ambient, or existing light, to get the photograph that we want. Sometimes using the light that you have doesn’t work quite well enough, however. This is why professional photographers spend so much time working with flash units, strobe lights, reflector units and other devices to enhance or supplement the existing light.

Almost every camera you pick up will have a flash unit either attached to it as part of the camera, or will have a “hot shoe” which allows you to attach a flash unit to the camera. The flash unit is a tool to bring extra light with you to brighten up many kinds of pictures.

I have found that most people really don’t know how to take advantage of flash units when photographing children, so I will provide some posts that deal with fill flash, red eye and bounce flash.

Lighting isn’t just about using flash units either. You can use reflectors to spread light around for a more pleasing photograph of your children, and you can adjust the white balance setting on your camera for better lighting control as well.

And let’s not forget about night lighting as well.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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