Flash in photojournalism
So on the first day of my internship I came head first into the realization that this topic needed a discussion.
Before I jump in let me give a quick few words about my internship so far as I finish up day three. I just completed my sixth assignment and things are going well.
The editing system at the Sentinel is a bit outdated, but I talked with the Online “guy” today and it looks like I will get to do some fun mobile journalism stuff.
I did street photography for most of Saturday and Sunday, and I should get a few of those shots up soon (once I get settled in my apartment).
So now back to the use of flash. Flash can be a great tool don’t get me wrong. Gods like Joe McNally and David Hobby use flash regularly and they produce great images. Unfortunately it can be outdone. When it is used in a situation where it becomes distracting to the participants and what they are doing it shouldn’t be used, unless absolutely necessary. Pump up the iso, drop the shutter speed, lower the f stop, before you pull that hunk of plastic out of your bag. Unless you are making a portrait or printing a poster, doing those techniques wont hurt the final image that much.
That being said, I did pull out my flash today, but the environment allowed for it. The room had no lights on, just some minor lights through blinds, and I knew the subject wasn’t going to be too distracted by the flash.
Also when some people might say the use of flash will remove a harsh shadow, only do that if the situation allows for it.
When overused it becomes another way to distort the situation, like the use of a fish eye lens or using Photoshop a bit too much.