Science Lesson 128 – On-Camera Flash – Sorry about the lateness!!

On-camera Flash – Lesson 128

All cameras have a flash, that’s assured. DSLRs have a pop-up flash on top, Digitals have a built-in switch on flash, phones have a built-in flash next to the lens.   However, only DSLRs have the option of an on-camera flash.   These flashes are not built-in, and all that’s needed is a DSLR camera with an on-camera flash option.  Pretty much any DSLR has it, especially Canon and Nikon (who also make the majority of the on-camera flashes).   Why on-camera?   Normally, there’s a pop-up flash on the top of the camera, but the downside to these are that they are relatively small source of light, exaggerating shadows, and they are pretty short, so if you have a large lens the pop-up is too short and there is a large shadow on the bottom of the photo created by the lens size.  An on-camera flash is tall so it eliminates the shadow of the lens and the on-camera flash can swivel, allowing you to bounce the flash off the wall, decreasing he highlighted shadows.  Btw, there’s a little click area that tells the flash to decrease the flash power, so if you’re shooting up close and personal, it can fit into the click on the side and it will automatically decrease the flash power.   There is no better solution to lighting in photography than an on-camera flash!



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