Single flash photography is quite an interesting beast to tackle. Everything I’ve been programmed to find aesthetically appealing via photojournalism and news reporting photography is telling my brain that flash is unnatural and to always use natural light. But what happens when you’re shooting in a low light situation? Do you just tell your subject ‘hey sorry, I can’t shoot, it’s crummy lighting’? Or do you woman up (or man up) and make it work with a little assist from your natural light strobe?
Flash in documentary photojournalism has always been a grey area (is it taboo, or is it cool?). But you can really make some cool images if you use a single flash in a journalistic photography setting. I had fun experimenting with flash (especially bouncing that bad boy) but I still think my preference for using single flash is in more stark editorial fashion shoots (ei photo shoots by Nylon Magazine aka bae).
Non-Journalistic Fun with Flash: