16 Jan 2014

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Andy Lim got started in photography after leaving design college, and has given several public talks on the subject of photography. SimpleSLR Workshops Photography workshops from beginners to advanced levels. SimpleSLR Guides Author of best-selling e-book series. Photography Tips Author of useful and practical tips on GoodPhotography.info website. Emotion in Pictures Accomplished professional wedding photographer. His brand attracts clients worldwide with his unique flavor of wedding and portrait photography.


3 Advantages of Photographers with Flash Photography Skills

A wedding photographer or portrait photographer who is able to whip out his speedlights or monolights and put them to good use when the going gets tough, will be way more confident than one who depends on natural daylight or available light for every shoot.

Here are 3 advantages of a photographer with flash photography skills:

Versatility Is Reliability

The photographer who’s comfortable with flash photography is able to work in any lighting situation. We don’t always get served the best lighting at a wedding ceremony or reception. It’s crucial to be able to adapt to any situation and be the reliable photographers that our clients hired us to be.

Depth and Dimension

Creating light sources where there are none, or not enough. Light sources are required not only for allowing sufficient exposure, but also to create depth and dimension through the use of a hair light, fill light or rim light.

Variety in Your Photography Portfolio

Having a wide selection of skills to show your clients proves your versatility. Yes of course it’s beneficial to focus on one or two genres of photography, but within a genre itself you should have a range of skills that you can call upon.

Need more proof? Check out this article I wrote on using flash photography in a portrait shoot. These skills also apply to wedding photographers.

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