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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