Most cameras come with a pop-up flash. And some of you may be a fan of it but most of all has been a real anti-flash vibe. Before that anti-flash vibe goes stronger, I want you to know that there are many situations where this flash can improve your photography, and even be a lifesaver.
Flash can often be blinding and too strong which lead to blown out images IF you do not know how to control over it. So, this time, I will show you tips that will help you take better pictures using just your pop-up flash.
A little fill-in light can bring photos to life, especially portraits. It is useful with back-lit subjects as it allows you to capture some detail in the bright background as well as the subject that is in shadow.
Use Flash Compensation
Have you seen this feature on your camera? Knowing this is a great asset for taking better pictures with your pop-up flash. It helps to balance flash power with the ambient light and help you achieve the proper exposure.
Add a Diffuser
Since pop-up flash has a relatively small source of light, it can be very harsh which creates unpleasant highlights and deep shadows. So, one of the ways to soften the light of your pop-up flash is by adding a diffuser - tissue paper, thin cotton, velum paper, or any similar material. Just experiment with the flash compensation to get the results you want.
Using Slow Sync Flash
Another way is to use Slow Sync Flash. This technique is using a slower shutter speed with flash. So when the flash is fired, it will expose your subject well, but the shutter stays open so the ambient light has time to go in and fill in the rest of the image rather than leaving you with a dark background.
Get in close with Your Subject
Sometimes, the key to getting a good photo with your pop-up flash isn't about your camera settings, but how you physically set up the shot. Therefore, distance between the subject and the flash matters too. All you need is to get in close enough to your subject for the flash to have some impact. But if the flash looks too harsh. you can simply move farther away to lessen the intense of the flash.
So, there you have it, five simple ways that you can use to take better pictures using your pop-up flash. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, knowing these will help you out in a pinch. Pop-up flash works well in many scenarios, you just have to know how to use it. End your first impression to pop-up flash and you'll surely value this part of your camera.
It's just about learning and through your own efforts. Happy Shooting!
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