Daylight Flash Photography

Why use a flash during the daytime?

Daylight flash? Isn’t flash meant to be used at night, or indoors, you ask? Actually using flash in outdoor daytime photography is one of those secrets that can make that little difference and can give your photographs a more professional look. Filling shadows that hide the details can make a big difference when shooting photographs of people, flowers, animals, and anything close enough to use a flash on.

Can a flash be used for landscape photography?

Obviously you can’t use a flash on a landscape photograph (actually you can!), but many close in shots can benefit from proper use of a flash, even during the day. Especially during the day. After all if the subject isn’t moving, you could theoretically use a tripod and get a good shot even under very low light if the subject is lit from the right angle. I will cover flash photography in more detail in a later post in this series, and I will also give you a few recommendations for some great resources on the topic. I just wanted to put the idea in your mind that flash is not just for night time photography. Fill flash can improve those daytime shots immensely.

How would I use a flash for landscape photography?

Suppose you have something close that is somewhat shadowed, and a brighter background. Something like a sunrise picture with a good foreground. The featured picture for this post was shot with flash in the foreground to keep the waves from being too dark due to the bright sunlight in the background.

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