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It is perhaps a common misconception that a camera flash comes into use only when the scene that the photographer is trying to capture is poorly lit and will only be photographed properly if an additional light source is used.

While flashes are of course used in this scenario, a flash can also be used in situations where the background is brightly lit, casting the faces of your subjects into shadow. An example would be attempting to take a photo of someone with the backdrop of a stunning sunset. In this instance, a flash is used to ‘fill-in’ light, ensuring the subject is well exposed.  So, the flash is an additional light source that is used to take a photograph, remembering that a photograph is all about capturing light. A flash will enhance the existing light in a scene, add extra light, or reduce the level of contrast within an image.

The picture on the left was taken with automatic settings, the picture on the right was taken with the flash to ‘fill-in’. Note how the tones on the subjects faces are more even.

In this month’s You Connect camera tutorial, we have a look at how flashes work, the different types of flashes that can be used, and simple techniques for achieving the best results.