<p>Whether used to augment ambient light or produce effects of its own, flash can be a valuable and versatile tool. In this gallery, learn principles and techniques for using flash to enhance the scene without overpowering the shot.</p> <p>Here, the use of flash allows the photographer to capture the water’s multiple reflections on both the sand and the body of the subject.</p> <p><b>Photo Tip:</b> Pay attention to what is behind your subject before snapping the first shot. The goal is to ensure that there aren’t any reflective surfaces that could bounce light from the flash back to the camera.</p> <p><a href="http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/">Get more photo tips » </a></p>

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Whether used to augment ambient light or produce effects of its own, flash can be a valuable and versatile tool. In this gallery, learn principles and techniques for using flash to enhance the scene without overpowering the shot.

Here, the use of flash allows the photographer to capture the water’s multiple reflections on both the sand and the body of the subject.

Photo Tip: Pay attention to what is behind your subject before snapping the first shot. The goal is to ensure that there aren’t any reflective surfaces that could bounce light from the flash back to the camera.

Get more photo tips »

Photograph by Fabrice Jaine, Your Shot

Using Flash

Get tips for successful flash photography with this how-to photo gallery, from National Geographic.

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