Last year I learned how to use my camera’s manual setting really well thanks to Kristen Duke’s Say No to Auto eBook. She now has a video tutorial that walks you through step by step how to start using your camera’s manual mode. I highly highly recommend getting them!
I also have had a strong aversion to using flash. I don’t like it. It’s too sharp or harsh and creates shadows you can’t really fix later. By using manual I have been able to successfully avoid using flash…until now. Shooting at a receptions with little lighting is hard without a flash so I had to get to know my flash pretty well. I’m not talking about a built in flash but a flash that mounts to the top of your camera.
The above picture was taking in my house. My house has no ceiling lights so all light comes from yucky lit lamps. No, my lamps are not yucky, the color that comes from the light bulb is! There are so many things you can do with a flash to avoid harsh lights as well as yucky colors as I like to call them.
Tips for Using Flash:
- Don’t use your built in flash without a diffuser. This will help you avoid hot spots in your pictures. The lighting won’t be as harsh and you can avoid washed out areas.
- When using a mounted flash direct the flash away from your subject. You will still get the light from the flash but it will not be as harsh.
- Bounce your flash. When using a mounted flash you can typical redirect the flash in many different directions. I like to bounce the light off a white ceiling to illuminate the room.
- Avoid bouncing the flash off a colored object. The color will tint your picture. Or maybe you like that kind of thing. In my son’s room he has one wall painted green. I had everything set up to take a picture of him with the camera in a landscape orientation. I then decided to turn my camera and take a picture in a portrait orientation. The flash then bounced off the wall instead of the ceiling.
- Try new things. You never know until you try and in the digital world you can take as many pictures as you want.
Here are some pictures to show you the different suggestions I’ve made. This coming from a girl who doesn’t like using flash – a flash can help you take pictures you normally wouldn’t normally be able to get. You can still get a great quality picture using a flash. I’m sold. I will now have to buy a flash since I’ve been borrowing my mom’s!
The pictures below are unedited in order to show what using flash can do for your pictures.
Do you like using flash? Are you shooting in manual mode?
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