Natural Light

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  1. Amber_Cullen

    Amber_Cullen TPF Noob!

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    Does anyone perfer natural light over the flash? Personally I can't stand my flash, it casts too much of a shadow on my subjects and ends up ruining the pic, I'd love some advice on using my flash better
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For as long as the in-built flash was the only flash available for me, I certainly did prefer natural light to the light of THAT flash, too. Tried to diffuse it by shooting through tissue paper or through a cut-open transparent film-canister container push over the flash but the results kept making me unhappy.

    Only since I've got myself a Speedlite do I like flash photography again.
    Some things just work better, like when you're commissioned to take photos of dance school kids practising in awfully lit rooms. For example.
     
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    Thanks! I heard good things about speedlights, I'll have to look into getting one!
     
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    Not much you can do with the built-in pop-up flash except use it for fill flash outdoors.

    After you get you Speedlite you can check out this web site to learn how to use it effectively in any situation.
     
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    I prefer natural light with reflectors for the photos I take of children, but I can choose the setting and time of day to take them, so it works out well. For other situations, you would obviously need more sophisticated options.
     
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    speedflashes are great. it gives you great control over direction of lighting, etc...except when you have a room that has a black ceiling...

    then flash forward is about the only option you have...
     
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    Thanks everyone, I'll definately be looking into a speedlight, just to have when I can't use natural light, thanks :)
     
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    i've gotten to the point where i hate not using any of my flashes. i always seem to have a better time shooting when i'm messing with lights rather than just natural light. that's just me though;)
     
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    Reflectors and natural light FTW!
     
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    If all you have to work with is your built in flash and don't yet have the ability to shell out the $300+ for a speedlight. ABSOLUTELY spend the $20 getting a lightscoop. light scoop digital photography lighting built-in flash Olympus Nikon Fuji Canon Pentax

    I DESPISE my built in flash, until i got this thing and now I can use it all the time without hating my pictures. Depending on what walls you bounce your light off of, i've come up with pretty nice pictures.
     
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    I read about this light modifier a few weeks ago. I know some DIYers have been making their own pop-up flash diffusers to help soften the light and I've even seen a few bouncers that are similar to this but don't look as good. Looks like a good product and definitely improves the quality of the flash, but a little pricey.
     
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    sometimes flashes can be too brite, i read in a nice blog about covering it up with a white cloth. i tried it a few times and its pretty good. check out the blog for yourself if you like, it's quite good : photography lights blog
     

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