Wedding photography is a nice professional career with the responsibility of delivering high-quality contents to your client. And one of the major influences in taking wonderful shots is to understand the techniques of lighting— finding, creating and manipulating your artificial and natural lighting sources.

Do Wedding Photographers Use Flash?

In terms of wedding photography, professionals often focus on natural lights. However, shooting in natural light is not always possible with most wedding venues featuring conflicting and various light sources.

This is why professional wedding photographers rely on using the technique of flash.

Using flash, however, can be difficult since most photographers learn to shoot in either studio light or natural light and a flash is somewhat a combination of these.

While there are certain cameras that make using flash easy, more complex and professional systems lack this internal flash. Thus, photographers will need an external flash system that syncs with their camera.

When To Use Flash?

Using a flash at a wedding can be determined by several factors. One major factor is where the moment is taking place. Inappropriate timing with flash can be quite distracting for the couple and their guests.

Thus, you need to assess the situation before you use a flash.

Unless the wedding ceremony is being conducted under the dark night sky, then you won’t need to use flash for the moment. There should be enough natural or artificial light to work for you.

Now, you can use flash during the reception or the bridal party pictures. Most often, flash at in 2 ways— fully illuminate your subject when there’s no available light or in poorly-lit scenes and lifting shadows when shooting in natural light.

Using Flash at The Wedding Reception

Now, the main place where you will be using a flash is during the wedding reception. This is because most venues are poorly lit or may happen outdoors, perhaps at dusk, so you will need artificial light to illuminate your shots.

In addition, using flash during the wedding reception is completely normal allowing you to light up the room and taking the best photos possible.

Probably the most important thing you need to remember is never aim your flash directly at your subjects which causes the images to be overexposed or too bright. Instead, you’ll have to bounce the flash while shooting. You can do this by creating an angle which points the flash at either 180 degrees straight up or 45 degrees tilted angle.