I love shooting with flash – but it used to scare the pants off me

Profoto A2
(Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

When I first started out as a photographer, the idea of shooting with anything but the pop-up flash on my Nikon D3200 terrified me. Studio setups looked so complex, with so many things going on and so much to get wrong. 

People would mention things like Rembrandt lighting or high-key photography, and a shudder would be sent down my spine. For years I avoided it like the plague, choosing to use my trusty reflector instead, but as soon as I stopped letting anxiety get the better of me, I fell in love with flash photography. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.