Improve your outside photos with flash

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 28.0-300.0 mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 500, ƒ/5.6, 1/125]
When should you use a flash, inside or outside? Would it surprise you I use the flash more often outside than most people.

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 28.0-300.0 mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 640, ƒ/5.6, 1/100]
Compare this photo without a flash used of the couple exchanging vows to celebrate their 25 years of marriage. No flash in this photo.

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 28.0-300.0 mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 500, ƒ/5.6, 1/80]
Now by having a flash off camera I was able to put some light on the husband’s face.

You see outside you get some sunlight that will create harsh shadows. Off camera flash lets you put the light where it needs to be.

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 28.0-300.0 mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 640, ƒ/5.6, 1/80]
Often outside, like at this party the background is so bright and the people are in the shade. Without a flash you would have blown out background and very flat light on their faces.

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 24.0-105.0 mm ƒ/4.0, ISO 2000, ƒ/9, 1/25]
In this group photo I have the flashes off at 45º from my camera which let me improve the light on the faces.

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 24.0-105.0 mm ƒ/4.0, ISO 1000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
I find that an off camera flash at 45º to 90º really creates three dimension to an object.

Carmen & Reaves Newsome 25th Anniversary Party [NIKON D5, 14.0-24.0 mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 25600, ƒ/3.5, 1/100]
I also take photos without the flash outside. I find it is good to know when to use a flash and when to not use one. Sometimes the photo can look great both ways, with and without a flash.

I recommend you try using off camera flash outside. See what it can do for your photos.

Here is the Godox flash system I use and tips on using it.

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