Flash photography may seem daunting, but in essence a flash is a very simple piece of kit. Its purpose is to lift parts of your image with a pop of light at precisely the right moment. Sometimes this might be necessary due to dark conditions, but at other times you can use flash in combination with ambient light to achieve a distinctive look. A single Speedlite flash opens up all kinds of creative options, especially with action and sports photography. You can choose to freeze the action, shoot for motion blur, or capture both in a single frame.
Whether you're new to flash or are looking for fresh ways to expand your creative lighting techniques, here are a few tips on how to use a Speedlite for jaw-dropping action sports photography.