16. Landscape with flash

Shooting into the sun can cause a few issues as sometime items in the foreground can be a bit dark and too in shadow however a touch of flash in high speed sync mode is all that is needed to add a splash of color and lift your image above the ordinary. Follow Karl to Lands End in Cornwall to capture stunning landscapes with this simple but effective technique that can really make a big difference to your shots.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. I notice that in many of these tutorials the camera used is listed as Canon 5D Mark III, where in fact the video shows you holding the Canon 1. I would like to know if you would have achieved the same or similar results with the 5D. Also, which version of the 1 you are using and why.

    1. Hi Sorin, I’ve used various 5d’s over the years from the mark 1 through to my current mark 3, I’ve also used 1ds and many other cameras. The results are all good for nearly all types of photography, the more recent cameras are better in low light with higher ISOs apart from that you won’t notice much difference.

  2. The shallow DOF gets me every time on pictures like this. I just don’t understand why the shallow DOF on a subject so far away. What is your focal length? What am I missing or not understanding about these types of shots? I would have thought the flowers would have been in focus and the rocks a little blurry. I’m just not understanding something. Can you tell what it is that I’m not understanding?

    1. Hi Gina, if I remember correctly this was shot vertically on a 50mm 1.2 but a 1.4 or 1.8 would have given a similar result. The first thing to help achieve it is the fact that I’m focused on the cliffs far away and that the flowers are quite close to the lens and then the second thing is shooting with the lens at a large aperture like 1.4 or 1.8.

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