Flash Fiasco: Bounce that flash

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).

Direct:

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A student from the University of Missouri (who chose to give the name “Hector Sandoval”) spends the night bowling with a group of guy friends at AMF Town & Country Lanes in Columbia, MO, on Tuesday Feb. 22, 2017. © Whitney Matewe

Bounce:

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Ryan Hoffman takes off his hockey gear after a pick up game at Empire Roller Rink Columbia, MO, on Tuesday Feb. 22, 2017. © Whitney Matewe

 

Lighting Diagrams:

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Non-Journalistic Fun with Flash:

Bounce:

Exploring Columbia, Missouri, using single flash direct and bouncing.
Annaliese Nurnberg spends the afternoon climbing rocks and hiking at the Pinnacles Columbia, Missouri, with friends. © Whitney Matewe

Direct:

Exploring Columbia, Missouri, using single flash direct and bouncing.
Ellie Cherryhomes ventures to the local bowling alley to practice using single flash photography. © Whitney Matewe

xo

Whitney Matewe

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