More than a few of us struggle when trying to use flash photography - be they the on-camera variety, some kind of speed light, or even off camera studio lighting.
Most people use their flash in 2 ways, indoor, low light or as a fill flash, but there are really so many ways in which you can use your flash. The idea of this exercise to push us all to learn some of the many creative ways to use their flash.
Take the time this month to read through your camera/flash manual and truly explore some of the many flash modes available to you.
Experiment with dragging your shutter. Play around with using your flash for fill light in back lit or full sun situations. Maybe explore what slow sync shutter is, try doing some rear curtain flash shots. Try setting the camera to a really long shutter, and manually fire the flash with the test button into the scene to see what you get. Learn how to ad motion blur with a longish shutter and rear curtain sync. Test out lowering the flash power to record "ghostly" images. Set your flash to repeat fire and get some stroboscopic effects.
This can be as simple or complex an exercise as you want to make it, but let's use April to better learn how to use our flash!
Here are some sites to help get you started (in case you feel as lost as I do on this topic):
It doesn't matter if you are working w/ a p&s or a dSLR; an on-board flash, a speed light, or even studio strobes - the are just so many creative ways to use flash with our cameras. let's hope this month finds us discovering new ways to use these often maligned tools of the trade.
Remember, this particular thread is about learning and trying new things. There is no judging or voting. Post as much as you want. Try out as many different techniques as possible. And share your results here - where we will all be trying to learn and grow.