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There are two ways of
spreading light: to be the candle
or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton


I am Chee Chong Fun
I love photography, and I give presentations to share the
knowledge and passion.
You can find me at @cheechongfun

1) Don’t Flash a Scenery
● Common newbie mistake to fire the flash while taking a
landscape photo.
● A small flash is not going to light up an entire city.
● Pretty much useless and stupid to do so.


2) The Sun Exists
● Another common newbie mistake.
● Don’t forget that the sun exists while shooting outdoor.
● The sun is a strong light source, much stronger than any
flash on Earth.
● Do not attempt to overpower the sun with a tiny flash.
● Use the sun as the main light source if possible.


3) Environmental Lights First
● Always consider the environmental lights first.
● Because you probably cannot switch them off, and have
limited control over it.
● Place your subject to make full use of the environmental
● Or limit the impact of it.


4) The Reflector
● Not quite a flash tip.
● But the reflector is a cheap and good way to compliment the
● Use the reflector on the sun to brighten the subject.
● Or you can use it to bounce the flash off it.


5) Soft and Hard Light
● Soft light is gentle, and produces smooth shadows.
● Hard light is intense, and produces harsh shadows.
● There is nothing wrong with hard light, you just need to learn
how to use the different light qualities differently.


6) One Flash Epic
● You can get good photos with just one flash.
● Just don’t bare flash at someone flat in the face – It is rude
and will not produce good pictures.
● Instead, place the flash at an angle, beside your subject.
● The split lighting will create a dramatic photo.


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