Ac­tion tip

Freeze it with flash

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11 A flash­gun is not just for use af­ter dark – it can give your shots a lift in day­light too. It is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for sports where you can get close to the ac­tion with a wide-an­gle lens, such as skate­board­ing and cy­cling. The pop of flash lights up the sub­ject, bright­en­ing up the colours and mak­ing them stand out from the back­ground. Even your built-in pop-up flash can be used ef­fec­tively in this way, but you get more power and con­trol with a hot-shoe-style flash­gun. An ad­van­tage of this is that the flash can be placed to the side of the sub­ject to cre­ate more the­atri­cal side­light­ing. The short du­ra­tion of the flash also helps freeze the move­ment.

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