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Camera Flashes – For Perfectly Lit Shots

We all click photographs to capture moments and seal them forever. With the rampant presence of cameras in almost every device we own today, photography has been reduced to an activity that everyone claims to have expertise in. For beginners and enthusiasts, clicking or shooting pictures is the be all and end all of photography. What they do not realize is that photography is not just a skill that can be learned, but an art that needs to be polished and honed overtime.

It involves an understanding of the concepts, a sense of observation as well as the ability to develop a foresight to envision shots before they are clicked. While is it not difficult to differentiate between amateur and professional clicks, more often than not people are unable to figure out what actually differentiates them. If noticed carefully the most basic and primary factor that separates an amateur from a professional shot is the use of light!

Underwater Flash

The right lighting effect is the simplest hack to great photographs. After all anything seen in the right light seems more appealing and has a lasting impact. In photography there are primarily two sources of light – natural light and artificial illumination through camera flash. Camera flashes are necessary for taking shots in the dark or when the natural light isn’t enough to make a photo.

To begin with lets look at the different camera flash types to light up each frame!

Built-in/Pop-up Camera Flash – As the name suggests, this type of flash comes built-in in to the device. From the most basic compact cameras to top of the range DSLRs, all categories support a flash. The best part about this camera flash is that it need not be purchased separately, hence saves you money. Also, it is very convenient to have flash as part of the camera as it again saves you from having to carry separate lighting equipment.

But like all things, even this flash type has its cons. A built-in flash lacks the power to properly light up subjects that are big in size or far in distance. Also since the location of the flash is fixed, either above or right next to the lens, it is difficult to select appropriate angles so that the light can fall softly rather than a full blown blast.

Speedlight Flash

Speedlight Camera Flash – These are easily mounted onto a camera via the hotshoe section. A speedlight flash performs better than a built-in flash and matches the studio strobe in performance to a certain extent. Highly compact, lightweight and portable, the speedlight flash is also flexible and versatile enough to be rotated and adjusted in various positions.

This external and stand-alone flash unit needs rest time, also known as the recycle time, in between clicks. You might have to wait for a few seconds to take another shot which can result in lost opportunity.

Studio Strobes – Used professionally for studio shoots, these are heavier and more technical looking equipment. Studio flashes or strobes produce light to the extent of imitating outdoor light indoors. You can also experiment with various angles till the time you are completely satisfied with the light falling the subject for that perfect picture. But these diffuser compatible flashes that provide a continuous flow of light are expensive, space-consuming and not at all portable.

Now that you know about the different flash types, choose the one that gels well with your shooting routine and make everything bright and cheery the right way! Get your hands on some the external flashes mentioned here on the Ryda online store. For the cameras with a built-in flash, check out our massive inventory of shooting devices by top brands such as Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony and others.

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