Off-camera flash – why use it in sunlight?

I’ve added a couple of pictures below all taken in the last few days with off-camera flash. I was asked by is flash used on a sunny day? Well, with the group shots and the shots of the guy with the football, flash allows us to use the sun to back-light, control the lighting levels and keep contrast. When the sun is where we don’t want it, we either have to over power it with flash or move our subject somewhere else. I had to get the group away from the sun hitting their faces – so it became a powerful backlight with flash filling at the front. I could have relied on reflected light – but it can wash out the colours a bit. Off-camera flash on a sunny day can also add a bit of drama. If you’d like to learn more about lighting techniques why not come on one of my photography and camera skills training courses?
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