Flash Street Photography Part 1

3rd September 2017

Most people know I am known for my mobile photography, however, I thrive on new challenges and pushing my own limits. I am very comfortable taking mobile phone shots. I wanted to use the opportunity while I was on holiday in Bordeaux to challenge and take myself completely out of my comfort zone and shoot using my flash. I have always found shooting in Bordeaux challenging for a variety of reasons.

It is a city I always look  forward to visiting. Bordeaux has been listed on UNESCO World Heritage List as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”. Bordeaux is home to one of Europe’s biggest 18th-century architectural urban areas, making it a sought-after destination for tourists and cinema production crews world-wide.

After reading many reviews I purchased the new Godox flash TTT350F. I found some very useful videos and resources on the Street Hunter site where I used some of the techniques which Spyros Papaspyropoulos had suggested in his videos.  Unfortunately I had ordered the Godox X1t-f but it didn’t arrive in time.  On day one I went out onto the streets feeling as if I was standing out from the crowd as I had to have the flash mounted onto the camera. In looking for alternative solutions I said to myself how the hell can I go candid looking like this and I knew immediately my style was going to have to change or adapt.  On the second and third day I became braver and started to discover a new way of seeing and shooting. My mantra to others is enjoy the journey of discovery, yes I made many of mistakes but its through mistakes we all learn. I have learnt a lot from the experience and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and I will continue learning and adapting and trying new ideas.