High-Speed Flash: A Spark of Brilliance

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

To gadget aficionados, photography is, at its heart, rather low-tech. With the exception of fancy menus and the ability to change ISO without changing the roll of film, the digital age has brought distressingly few innovations to the photography world.

What is a poor technology fan to do if they want to truly geek out about photography? Why, you can build your own kit of course, or learn more than what's healthy about where the ISO standard came from, but really, there's nothing new there.

You might be surprised to know that the humble flash attached to the top of your camera is one of the most high-tech pieces of equipment you're carrying around with you. To explain why, let's take a look at what happens inside the the camera, in my brave new venture: a video for Giz UK.

Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and press play:

Photo Credit: Photographer image from Shutterstock

Haje Jan Kamps is a prolific photography blogger who has written a small stack of books about photography. He also developed the Triggertrap camera trigger and has been known to travel the world a bit. If you’re of the tweeting kind, try him on @Photocritic!