If they aren't carrying much equipment and the natural lighting turns, photographers tend to reach for the on-camera flash button. These intense light sources can prove invaluable, but only if you know how to use them effectively. In the hands of an inexperienced photographer, on-camera flash will produce images with harsh shadows, washed out skin tones, cavernous black backgrounds and other unappealing visual characteristics. In On-Camera Flash the pitfalls photographers new to speedlights often encounter are outlined, ensuring readers can avoid them.
Neil van Niekerk is a photographer based in New Jersey, with a diverse range, but specializing in weddings and portraits. Neil has presented workshops on lighting in the USA, the UK and Ireland, as well as The Netherlands. He has written 3 books with Amherst Media on flash photography and lighting techniques, with more in the works. He also maintains a website for photographers, Tangents (neilvn.com/tangents/), which is loaded with numerous tutorials on photography and photographic lighting.