Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Flash makes me squint.

I know that sometimes it's absolutely impossible to get a decent photo without using the flash. Houses can be notoriously dark inside, especially older ones with smaller windows. However there are some things you can do to avoid having to use the fill flash, as I have done here to this poor child. First of all, remember that photography is all about light. A camera needs light, like we need food! So rule number one is to take command and position your subjects as close to a window as possible. Rule number two is to change your camera settings if you can, to accommodate a low light setting. Change the ISO to 800 or higher, use spot metering and if possible, increase the exposure compensation to +3 or +7. Read your camera manual if you don't know how to do this. Obviously a slow shutter speed will let in more light too but that can result in blurring if your subjects are moving around. When all else fails, the only thing to do is turn on the flash. If your subject is outside and half of their face is shaded, turn the camera so that the flash is facing the shaded side. This will help to even out the light.
Circles make great journaling spots. Just use your elliptical marquee tool to click and drag out a circle from your chosen paper, holding the shift key to constrain proportions, and copy to your page.
Fonts: Tall Drink and CK Becky.

1 comment:

Carol said...

You know this is a perfect example that you can (and should) scrap absolutely all these photographs, even if not posed. This is terrific.