Briefly comment on the best flash techniques and gear for your work.

Briefly comment on the best flash techniques and gear for your work.
Yes, it comes in very handy for low light shooting.
21% (23 votes)
No, my zoom handles every situation and lighting condition I encounter.
21% (23 votes)
I carry both.
58% (64 votes)
Total votes: 110

Dave Richards's picture

I work with mainly fast primes, but always carry a flash. Flash looks best to me when it is combined with ambient lighting - either as fill outdoors in daylight, or when shooting at high iso with ambient lighting indoors.

Joe Eder's picture

My digicams dont have external provision for flash. Being limited to the pop-up flash, I prefer to use the higher ISO, even with its noise problems, and optical stabilization rather than flash for almost every occasion. The flash is too harsh, generates red eye (for humans) and worse for animals. And on-board flash is not at all flattering for portrait work.

Roger Robertson's picture

The build in flash is handy but not the best choice for extra close or farther than about 10-15 feet. I also keep handy a swivel bounce head flash for those more complicated lighting situations.

John's picture

Often, I use the built-in flash as a trigger to fire a remote.

Ron Head's picture

I do not do a lot of flash work, but I do like the on-camera flash for quick fill work. I have a larger unit but a lot of times it is just too much bother to put it on unless I am doing something specific like stopping action. Also, at least at my ol' age 63, and this is my complaint with all the modern cameras, they do so much that I need to carry the instruction manual to reference anything. But yes...modern flash photography can do wonders!!

Steve Faherty's picture

I would like an off the camera flash I can hand hold for portraits.

Sharon Lowe's picture

Fill flash is a handy tehcnique and diffusing your flash with something as simple as a piece of tissue can make a big difference.

David's picture

Using a DSLR makes adjusting the ISO settings easy when lighting is low. The trade off of a little noise is no contest when compared to a flash shot. The ambient lighting usually is what makes the shot interesting. If I have to get the shot no matter what, then I use a little SB-50DX for fill.

Mikey Collins's picture

Flash lighting makes photos look like you have a Spot light on subject.

Paul Cope's picture

I usually use a seperate flashgun as the built in ones are inadequate I find.

Joe Sasser's picture

I use fill flash for everything. Shooting on Maui for 3 years, where there is constant Sun, you simply manually control the exposure, and let the flash give that "depth" to your shot, that the average tourist (mostly likely using their latest digital toy) can't.

Eric Link's picture

I find the best results with the D70 and a SB800 is using Rearsync, but if your subject moves... Using the SB800 with a very low light it seems the distance is too short to reach the subject...but if you add a few SB600's (I have 4)you get amazing results.

Daniel Peters's picture

Automatic cameras are less creative and more limit to it. Unless people knows how to deal with automatic camera to create a beautiful pictures. I often use pro digital camera with manual setting. I believe I can control build-in flash better with manual setting.

John's picture

I use a Nikon F100 that doesn't have a built-in flash for most of my work. I have a 6006 and an EM for backup, neither of which have built-in flash. I also have an N65, which gives good results for fill flash.

Fred Forbes's picture

Output of the built in flash is often too low.