We’ve all used the flash from time to time. This can help you evade the noise from using a high ISO a lot in low-light situations, but often flattens images and produces a horridly sharp lighting.
Here’s some tricks to help you avoid the nasty effects of using a flash.
For this to work, you need a dedicated flash, this will NOT work with the built-in flash, you MUST have a flash mounted on the hot-plate.
This is what mine looks like, a Vivitar 2800 mounted on a Canon T1i
Let’s get started, here’s a picture I took using the usual method of flash photography, pointing the flash directly at the object in focus, here’s how it turned out:
Hardly the best shot ever, eh? The flash lightened all of the background, while the shiny surface of the foreground is left in darkness, because the flash was too high, making macro photography impossible.
With a piece of paper, this can be eliminated, and the photo will be illuminated with a much better outcome. Here’s how I positioned the flash and a piece of printer paper to create a softer lighting on the subject, and therefore a more evenly lit picture
In this case, the flash was tilted to the 60-degree mark and a piece of paper was used to direct the light at the object, but not shine a harsh light at it, softening the light on the subject. Here’s how that photo turned out.
As you can see, the softer light illuminated the subject much more evenly, leaving a more pleasing photo. The foreground and background are now much more balanced with the lighting, and the picture looks much better.