Shooting with natural light is almost always the best way to work as a photographer - and much of our teaching is based around it. But being a photographer in the UK is a tough business. 4 months of darkness and cold with 3 months of rain either side and a short summer of unpredictable warmth and sunshine. We spend our lives searching for good light and rushing out to shoot whenwe find it - but we know we will need flash at some point.
when the sun disappears and night falls we turn to flash. Often our cameras in Auto switch flash on when we don't want it and there's a terrible pause as the camera refuses to shoot the picture until distances are measured and focus achieved.
We use flash for all of those indoor events that occur in our lives. Birthdays, Christmas, Weddings, Parties. The hard light catches its subjects and freezes them in an almost forensic way - unlike the soft embrace of daylight. Movement is captured perfectly but subtlety is lost.
But Flash is brilliant for capturing COLOUR
Some photographers use Flash in daytime to enhance colour and create a surreal impression
Martin Parr is the most famous of the modern flash photographers. He shoots reportage pictures of daily life and focuses on gaudy colours - and uses flash to make everything really really bright