Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just Flash A Little

I have never been a big fan of flash, mostly because I want to learn how to adjust the camera setting to fit the light source I am given. Also, I feel that flash "kills" the scene like deer in the headlight.

In this case, Lola in the headlight.
f/5, 1/60, ISO 1600

However, flash can be great when the lighting is poor and your subject is in the move. I learned to adjust the amount of light that emits in the flash. On my Nikon, there is a lightning bolt button left and I press that down along with a plus and minus button on the right side. Meanwhile I adjust the dial on the right side. Lots of fancy finger works.
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Here's one with reduced flash light. Not my ideal picture, but it will do for now.
f/5, 1/60, ISO 1600

During my visit to Nashville, I experimented with flash on a cloudy day.

f/22, 1/40, ISO 200

With flash and I kind of like this better. The building outlines and color seem to be more defined.
f/22, 1/60, ISO 200

f/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200

With flash...yikes!
f/6.3, 1/200, ISO 200, with flash

It's still a work in progress for me. Sometimes, I should just try flashing a little...I mean with my camera.
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