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

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!

Share the photos you're taking with the tips in this series on Instagram, using the hashtag #RaisingMemories

You can find me on Instagram @RaisingMemories

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

  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! :)

  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.

  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

  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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