On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography by Neil van Niekerk

SKU Bx59-OnCameraFLASHWedPort-vanNiekerk / AMH 1888

Amherst Media 2009, softcover, 8 1/2 x 11", 126 pages, color illustrations

With this guidebook, photographers learn how to create stunning, professional images while avoiding the common pitfalls of using an on-camera flash. Techniques for using simple accessories—such as bounce cards and diffusers as well as how to improve a lighting scenario by enhancing it rather than overwhelming it—show photographers how to master this challenging aspect of portraiture. For wedding and environmental portrait photographers who must work in ever-changing lighting scenarios, executing these tips to evade flat, lifeless images with harsh shadows, washed-out skin tones, cavernous black backgrounds, and other unappealing visual characteristics results in not only better images, but happier clients and more sales.


• Understanding metering modes for flash photography exposures
• Choosing the right flash mode for your image—whether it's manual, auto, or TTL
• Flash sync speeds and dragging the shutter
• Using flash to augment natural light
• Flash modifiers for more refined effects
• Mastering the ins and outs of bounce flash
• Balancing flash with tungsten, flourescent, and other light sources
• Using fill flash and controlling light ratios
• Choosing the equipment that best suits your style of photography
• Enhancing your results with off-camera flash

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