How to use flash for your photography: Using a flag

The mission

To shoot a flattering character portrait using a single flashgun and some craft foam

Time: Ten minutes

Skill level: Beginner

Kit needed: DSLR, flashgun, black craft foam

Time and time again you’ll hear the same thing: on-camera flash makes your images look flat. And, to some extent, that’s true; the harsh, direct light from on-camera flash can easily give your subject a clinical look. 

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