Creative Flash Photography: Go for Color Contrast

by Jim Zuckerman

Thar Desert Portrait
© Jim Zuckerman
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Using flash at sunrise or sunset is a striking technique because the white/bluish tone of the flash contrasts dramatically with the golden light in the sky.

In the accompanying photo, I used the flash off the camera to the left (as you can see from the shadow on the sand of the model's clothing). I felt that would be a much more attractive type of light rather than using the flash on-camera.

I took this picture in the Thar Desert near Jaiselmer in the Indian state of Rajasthan during a photography tour. Since India is well known for color, I wanted to embellish the portrait of this dancer with a colorful background.

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Jim Zuckerman teaches a number of online photo workshops at, including Developing Your Creative Artistic Vision, Techniques of Natural Light Photography, and Taking the Mystery Out of Flash Photography.

In addition, Jim Z contributed to two books co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light.

About Author Jim Zuckerman

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