When to use your camera's flash
Built-in flash can be a powerful tool in bright light. Some camera models have controls that allow the photographer to use the flash to fill in, highlight, or balance exposure.
Today many cameras have a built-in flash, often an automatic feature. Typically it fires when light levels are low.
Reasons to “fire up” your flash:
- To shoot subjects silhouetted against a sunset or sunrise, flash can lighten up the foreground
- When the sun is behind the subject, the flash helps balance the exposure between the bright background and the dark, shadowy foreground
- To fill in or lightens facial shadows such as deeply set eyes--a common problems when shooting with the sun overhead
- Reduce the blue cast and warm up skin tones on a cloudy or overcast day
- Highlight a foreground subject on a cloudy day
- Emphasize the texture of things like fur, wood, or feathers
- To show detail when there isn't much contrast, for example a black object on a black background