Natural Light is Not Always Best

I love natural lighting whenever possible but the truth is, natural light isn’t always best. I considered myself a “natural light photographer” but am rethinking that moniker. When all I knew was on-camera flash, I despised it! The harsh, washed-out & red-eyed faces, and the deep shadows. ICK! Natural can be enhanced with bounced flash and off-camera flash. To prove the “ick” factor…

All photos taken with a 28-75 f/2.8 lens at ISO 400
Left Photo: 1/250th at f/4; TTL flash at +1 exp comp (because I forgot to change it) directed straight forward. – Totally blown out result, and exactly the reason I hate on-camera flash.
Center Photo: 1/250th at f/4; TTL flash at 0 exp comp directed straight forward. – Not bad to most eyes, but there’s still blow out, and there are shadows (not to mention an incredibly “special” looking dog)!
Right Photo:  1/250th at f/4; TTL flash at +1 exp comp directed just over my left shoulder. – No shadowing or blow out and details are preserved, and perfect timing yet again with the tongue!

Same lens as above.
Top Photo: Camera set to full auto (dial to “P”) with no flash, so the camera decided to fire at 1/15th, f/2.8, ISO 400. As an after thought, I think I left the camera on ISO 400 instead of setting it to auto. If I had, it would have fired at 1/50th, f/2.8, ISO 1600 for a less blurry shot. The light on her face is from my computer monitor.
Bottom Photo:  Camera in manual (dial to “M”) with flash directed over/behind my head at about a 45 degree angle, 1/250th, f/4, ISO 400. Much nicer, albeit a bit disheveled.

These would have been better examples if I hadn’t compressed them so much, but if this helps any aspiring photographers out there at least a little, then mission accomplished!

Darcy Elliott

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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