foxxxy asked in Consumer ElectronicsCameras · 1 decade ago

Camera Flashes?

What are camera flashes really for? And is it best to add a flash to a canon eos rebel k2?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes. The built-in flash is for emergencies, but it's not for steady professional use.

    You have undoubtedly figured out by now that the pop-up flash is for snapshooters who never carry around a flash. But if you're starting to get serious about the quality of your images, you will definitely need to add an external flash to your hotshoe. Here's one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Canon-430EX-Speedlite-Flash-...

    It opens up a whole new world. Try bouncing the flash off the ceiling with the flash aimed at 45 degrees--much softer light, softer shadows. Or add a flash bracket and shoot your vertical shots and not get a side shadow.

    Notice how putting an external flash into the hotshoe raise the flash higher too, so that means you're less likely to get red eye in your shots.

    So, yeah, the pop-up flashes are for snapshooters; and yes, it's best to add a flash to your Canon EOS Rebel K2.

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  • qrk
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Along with all the other excellent advice, another use for a flash is outdoor people shots in bright sunlight. You can use the flash as a "fill flash" to soften the harsh shadows on the subjects face. It will also tends to even out the exposure between the subject and background. The little pop-up built-in flashes aren't bright enough for fill flash unless the subject if fairly close (less than 6 feet). A decent external flash will extend that range. The fancier cameras (SLRs) will accept modern flashes that have through the lens (TTL) metering which makes using an external flash almost fool proof.

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  • EDWIN
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    A flash unit allows you to take indoor photos without fear of blur from a slow shutter speed or subject movement or having some parts too dark.

    IMO you should buy the top of the line flash unit that Canon offers for your camera. I've learned its always better to have a feature and not need it than to need it and not have it. Buy the off-camera flash bracket Canon offers.

    Now, before using your new tool, sit down and read and study the Using Flash section in your camera Owner's Manual. Read and study it again. Now do the same with the Manual for your new flash. Learn how they work together to give you consistently good exposures.

    Practice what you've learned from all your studying. Practice some more. Using your flash should become as natural and comfortable to you as using a knife and fork.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Absolutely! The built-in flashes that modern SLR & DSLR cameras have are for close range only and usually result in harsh direct lighting on the subject.

    If you get a dedicated flash that matches your system, you'll find yourself being able to take flash photos from far longer distance. Also, when you've mastered the technique, you'll discover how bounced or diffused flash lighting can create the illusion of natural lighting and flatter your subject.

    I hope you find this helpful.

    Source(s): Amateur & professional photographer for 45+ years Sports photographer for SPMSportspage.com
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  • 3 years ago

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  • Bob
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    They are for creating those cool red eyed devil pictures of friends and families. Sometimes they are used to create more light than what is currently available. On camera flash is for red eyed monsters...

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