6 Reasons to Use External Flash in Photography

If you use a DSLR camera, I highly recommend an external flash over on-camera flash.  Here are six reasons why.

1.On-camera flash drains the camera’s battery.  An external flash has its own power source, usually some form of AA batteries.

2.The on-camera’s double flash is confusing.  I guess it flashes twice to prevent red-eye, something I rarely get with a DSLR.  Yet, people confuse the first flash with the actual flash.  External doesn’t flash twice.

3.External flash provides more light.

4.Most external flash allows you to bounce light.  Instead of aiming the flash at the person, many photographers aim the flash at a nearby wall, usually a white wall.  Sometimes, they bounce the flash off white cards.

5.An external flash can be used off camera.  I only saw this once.  A guy hooked a chord to his camera as he moved the flash in any direction he wanted.

6.On many external flashes, a photographer can control the output.  Some folks don’t like using full power.  Many external flashes allow you to tone it down.

The first pic shows on-camera flash.  This was my first week photographing for Orlando’s The Beacham.

Three female servers at Orlando's The Beacham

The second I used an external flash.  Notice the huge difference.

Mel at Orlando's The Beacham

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