What do you use your flash for?

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  1. sincere

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    What situations? Just curious..
     
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    flashes are mainly used for low light situations. you will know you are in a low light situation when you have to use a slow shutter speed which can cause blurry photos due to camera shake.

    another use is as fill flash on sunny days. this can help reduce shadows and/or brighten a subject a bit.
     
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    I tried to shoot at this lounge/bar with my 50mm 1.4 and it couldnt focus at all because it was too dark and i dont like the results with the built in flash..
     
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    The flash I was referring to is a hot shoe mount flash. I agree that built in flashes aren't the greatest.
     
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    I pretty much only use a flash for fill to raise tones in the foreground or for reflective side lighting.
     
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    Everything.

    But I rock 3 flash units with radio triggers. I actually just did an off camera lighting workshop for beginners today.

    One thing I did was put the model infront of a window. Without the flash you get a good exposure of outside and a model's silhouette or a blown out background and a properly exposed model. Metering for a correct background and setting the flash gives you a perfect background and a perfect model.

    That was just with one flash and a reflector.

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    I never use the flash. Of course I only have the built-in, which i can never get anything good with.
     
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    I use a flash anytime I want to properly expose a scene that due to natural ambient light conditions... I cannot.

    How about that for an answer? (lol)
     
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    I only ever use mine (built in) for fill and shutter drag, really.
     
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    17-40L - indoor with daughter running around

    Am going to try it next time I'm outside to get rid of some shadows - is this "fill flash"?
     
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    yep, that's our good friend Phil Flash.
     
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    I use mine all the time, I'm using 2 flashes usually off camera. You can get great effects using it to get cool looking contrast. I also use it for BMX photography to get rid of shadows on the rider and make them stick out more.
     

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