Using On-Camera Flash?

As much as we like to promote moving your flash off-camera, there are times when using that little pop-up flash can be really fun!  One such time can be when it’s snowing outside!  A little wind to help kick things up also helps.  Here’s a few shots I took earlier today on an outing to Keystone, CO when the weather conditions were just about perfect for these fun effects!

Using Flash in the Snow - #1

Using Flash in the Snow - #1

Using Flash in the Snow - #2

Using Flash in the Snow - #2

Using Flash in the Snow - #3

Using Flash in the Snow - #3

Using Flash in the Snow - #4

Using Flash in the Snow - #4

Now granted, these are nothing that would ever been usable for fine art or stock type work, but it’s always fun to experiment, and this is one such case where on-camera flash works particularly well.  There’s other times when using on-camera built-in flash can also be useful though, so don’t be afraid to experiment.  Where have you had success with on-camera flash?  Share your own thoughts, perspectives and shots in the insight

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7 comments for “Using On-Camera Flash?

  1. January 1, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Brilliant! I will definitely try this if the conditions are right. 🙂 Thanks for the tip Jason and Happy New Year!

  2. January 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Cool! I like how using the on-camera flash highlights the snow flakes closest to the camera. Makes it feel like you’re running through the snow at high speed.

  3. January 2, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Hi Jason,

    Since i am coming from tropical country where it is always summer i do really really really hate snow LOL.

    Though i am thinking first snow is always beautiful including the white christmas, but i hate to be outside in the snow.

    But your images with the snowing scene is really beautiful and giving a peaceful look.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. January 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I am not one for on camera flash but it works well in these shots. I have used it on my compact to shot a rain image.

  5. January 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    The more I learn, the more I state – use on-camera flash othen gives too bad results. Use external one and be happy!

    • January 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Normally I would agree. Here the purpose was more to encourage experimentation…

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