Freeze it with flash
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.