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Lighting a portion of many landscape images with flash can greatly improve them. Flash is terrific for:

 

    1)  Brightening a dark foreground to make it become more prominent from the rest of the scene.

 

    2)  Brightening one or more objects in the foreground, background, or anywhere in the image.

 

    3)  Lightening a dark background.

 

    4)  Improving the Color of an Important Object in the Scene

Depending on the situation and the intentions of the photographer, the use of flash can be obvious or creatively combined with the ambient light to make it virtually unnoticeable. Modern electronic flash units are quite powerful and rather easy to use with the immediate feedback provided by the digital camera. Anyone can become a flash “guru” by putting into a little effort into understanding your flash and plenty of practice.

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Better Landscapes with Flash

By John Gerlach

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