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Using Flash

There are two important reasons to use flash in tabletop photography, With flash, you can use smaller apertures for greater depth of field, and extremely short bursts of light at close distances prevents camera or subject movement from causing blur. To use electronic flash with predictable results takes a little effort and you may need to practice and experiment. There are two problems you might want to consider and overcome:

Direct on-camera flash doesnít give a picture the feeling of texture and depth that you can get from side-lighting. Most point and shoot digital cameras donít allow you to remove the flash and hold it in a different position.

The exposure may not be correct if the meters the exposure using a built-in sensor. The sensor measures a small field of view and the sensor and lens may see slightly different views as discussed in the parallax section above.

Special thanks to Dennis Curtin for sharing this information and his professional expertise. Be sure to visit his website at:

Choosing A Lens Focusing And Depth Of Field
Setting Exposures Parallax, The Curse Of Point-And-Shoot Cameras
Backgrounds Using A Reflector To Lighten Shadows
Lighting Using A Light Tent
Using Flash Back to &FOTOgraphic

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