How to balance off-camera flash with ambient light for edgy street portraiture

Alistair Campbell balances off-camera flash with ambient light for a modern edgy look
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Whether you’re new to photography or a lifelong enthusiast, chances are you've used flash at some point. However, not everyone will have used it off-camera; many flash units are built into or easily attached to top-plate hot shoes. However, by introducing a flash trigger and receiver, you can take the flash off the camera’s body and fire it from a different angle. This will enable you to liberate your images from having to rely on indoor, party style, flat-looking light.

When I took up photography, one of the first items I invested in was a reflector. They are cheap and portable, but when working alone it can be tricky to bounce light when holding the reflector in one hand and firing your shots with the other – and on a windy day you’ve got no chance. 

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.