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Daylight Flash Photography

Sunrise over the waves, taken at the beach at Wabasso, FL

Why use a flash during the daytime?


Daylight flash? Isn’t flash meant to be used at night or indoors, you ask? Using flash in outdoor daytime photography is one of those secrets that can make that little difference and 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 the 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 nighttime photography. Fill flash can improve those daytime shots immensely whether indoors or outdoors.


How would I use a flash for landscape photography?


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


Flash is extremely important for daytime macro photography?

When shooting any object outside, even inanimate objects, shutter speed can be critical due to potential movement caused by wind.  You want to minimize, and hopefully eliminate all chance that movement will cause blurriness. Macro photography requires a specialized flash, or at least a flash bracket, to enable the flash to get past the lens since you are shooting at much closer distances than normal.


You can see my fine art photographs at Walt Payne Photography.

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