6 clever ways to get better lighting from your camera’s pop-up flash

Built-in flash

Built in flash techniques: 06. Second curtain flash

Built in flash techniques: 06. Second curtain flash

In its default set-up a flash will fire at the beginning of the exposure.

On many occasions this is fine, but if you are shooting a moving subject and using a shutter speed that doesn’t freeze it, there will be a ghostly image of the subject visible where it moved after the flash fired. It can look as if the subject is moving backwards.

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However, if the flash is set to second-curtain mode, it will fire at the end of the exposure and the blurred movement will be seen behind the subject giving a greater sense of speed and a more natural looking result.

Second-curtain flash is often combined with slow-sync to accentuate movement and create dynamic images.

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