May 11, 2012

Photo Tips - when natural light isn't enough....

Another great installment of Photo Tips with Lizzie!


Hello!
Back here I talked briefly about lighting and avoiding the flash/using natural light whenever possible.
I love natural light and I think, if at all possible, you should use it when taking your pictures.
But.... of course there are times that the flash is not avoidable.
So, today I'm going help you improve your photos when you do need to use the flash.
You've probably noticed that the flash on your camera can be quite harsh and often gives people a "deer in the headlights" kind of look.
There is a lot of great equipment out there that can help you get rid of that harsh flash lighting,
soft boxes, reflectors, diffusers, umbrellas, etc...
But here I'm going to tell you about a few of the basics.
(I have not been compensated for this post, I'm just helping you start your research)

On my cameras I have an external flash.
Canon Speedlite 580EX II


And a diffuser on that external flash, similar to this one:


Attaching a diffuser helps to distribute light around where your subject is, 
adding a soft light to your subject rather than allowing the light to shine harshly in one area.

I know many of you don't have external flashes and maybe you aren't interested in investing in one...
So, for those people, there are small diffusers that you can put right on your SLR camera.
Like this one.





I don't use a built-in flash so I've never used a diffuser like the one above but I know several people that use it and love it.  So, maybe something like that is just what you're looking for.
I've also seen little diffusers for point and shoot cameras but I have no experience with them.


Like this one:
found here.


And I've seen a lot of creative things done with white paper.

There are a lot of options out there to help you improve your lighting.
Do your research and find what works best for you.
Hopefully this post will help get you started!


-Lizzie
The Dancing Toad Blog


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5 Fabulous Comments:

Helpful tips. I'm looking at getting a new camera right now, for my camera just died. :-(

I made a flash diffuser for my camera out of a sheet of copy paper. It is amazing what a little reflected light off the ceiling can do.

I must get me one of those. Thanks for the tip

it makes sense that something like this exists,

There is one even better and less expensive option. It's called lightscoop and if you have not heard of it I wrote a little bit about it (it's mostly examples) here: http://www.mylivingwaters.biz/blog/2012/05/15/photography-my-nephew-and-niece/

For the record, I got no interest in promoting them, I just stumbled upon the product by accident one day and I have been in love with it since.

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