Raising Memories: Take Better Photos with the Camera You Already Have - Tip #1: Using Your Flash
  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Take Better Photos with the Camera You Already Have - Tip #1: Using Your Flash

Several months ago I gave a workshop on how to take better pictures with the camera you have. (You don't necessarily need to go out & buy a better camera to improve your photos! .. but if you WANT a new camera, don't miss the amazing giveaway at the bottom of the post!) I thought it would be something worth sharing here, so I'm going to share it in parts. Each Friday I'll share another part. If you have any photography-related questions that you'd like to see me answer, feel free to leave them in the comments
(or e-mail me). Perhaps I could do a post on a subject you're curious about.


Tip #1: Using Your Flash

Photography is creating images by recording light!
Whether you're using light-sensitive material like film,
or an image sensor like you have in a digital camera,
you're recording light to make a picture.

Given the choice, I would always choose natural light over artificial light. Natural light usually looks nicer/less harsh than flash (but if you just don’t have enough natural light, go for the flash! It’s better than no picture at all or a totally blurry one!)

Just Know Your Flash!

How close is too close?
(if you're too close to the person (or object) you're photographing, they will be over-exposed & look way too bright/white!) Experiment with your camera- take a picture and look at the screen. Is it too bright? Step back from your subject & try again!

[This is Talia when she was a tiny munchkin!]

How far is too far?
(if your flash doesn't even reach your subject, it won't help the photo!) Keep an eye on your camera's display screen- if your photo is too dark, come closer so your flash can reach your subject. If your subject is way too bright, step back & try again!

Once you figure these things out, you will be able to get better flash photos!

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Other Posts in the Series:

Tip #1: Using Your Flash
Tip #2: Natural Light
Tip #3: Be Aware of your Background
Tip #4: Perspective
Tip #5: Focus & Zoom
Tip #6: Rule of Thirds
Tip #7: No Cheese!


Each Friday I'll share another photography tip. If you have any photography-related questions that you'd like to see me answer, feel free to leave them in the comments- perhaps I could do a future post on a subject you're curious about.

I'd love to know if there is an interest in tutorials on DSLR cameras and Photoshop- let me know in the comments!


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5 comments:

  1. I'm going to like this series! I'd like Photoshop tips, too. :)

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  2. I have had a Canon powershot sx130 is for about 2 years but rarely use it. I have searched and googled my brains out to find tutorials to show me how to use the camera. I have seen videos of pictures taken with this particular camera and they are pretty awesome! Now if I could only learn how to use all the special features on it I could do the same!! lol Hoping these tips will help too! :)

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  3. Nice tips. I have an older Canon Rebel eos and I love it. I will admit I have looked at shiny new ones but spend my money on a nice lens instead.
    Debbie

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  4. I like photo tips. To be honest, I always use auto mode on my camera because I haven't figured out the manual stuff. Would love tips on that! Shared. #ibabloggers

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  5. Since trying to learn a lot on my own about how to better use my camera, I had started to really shy away from my flash all together, but you are RIGHT!!!! There is a time and place for a flash - I have learned that now. Thank you :)

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~Heather Lynne

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