Are you a photographer who only shoots exclusively with ambient light or only with flash? Is one actually better than the other?
One habit that photographers tend to have is comparing one photographic style or approach to another with too much rigidity, as if one should always be considered better than the other. However, if we take personal preference out of the equation, we would all agree that both methods are just similar approaches to getting the best visual result that we can. Photography, after all, is all about light, no matter what the source is.
In this video from portrait and wedding photographer Jiggie Alejandrino, he gives his thoughts on this age-old discussion about lighting. In the video, Alejandrino shows a handful of images and shows you how one image can be mistaken for one with ambient light when it was actually shot with a flash. It is, without a doubt, thought that many photographers who use flash would have very different output from photographers who just use ambient light, but the video shows that if the goal was simply to come up with the best light, whether natural or artificial, then the output can be very similar, because it is the photographer’s artistic intent that takes precedence.