Monday, March 4, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Flash, the tricky question on whether to leave it on or off.
What to do ? I mostly leave it off unless absolutely necessary. In the photo on the left, if I had left the flash on then all I would have got is a big white shiny blob in the centre of my photo. Try it for yourself both ways and see what happens.
The only problem is that when you turn off the flash, your lens is open longer (to allow more light in) and this means you might get camera shake and it will give you a blurry image.
Go out and find yourself several examples and photograph them with:
1) your flash on
2) your flash off
3) with your flash on auto
You will find, that with pretty OK light you will be fine, but when the light is more dim the flash will come on automatically as in No 3)
Take a look at common, everyday things in your own home and see what you can come up with while finding out all about flash and whether or not to use it. Wash dishes, take shots of soapsuds, glassware, crockery, stainless steel, lots of different texture, go for shiny and sparkly that will show up when you switch to flash and see how the flash completely destroys your image then switch to no flash. See the difference ?
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
If you know any craft people you will find there are photographic opportunities everywhere.
Take any crafters space and you will find color, form, texture and be spoilt for choice.
Think of any craft, sculpture, painting, drawing, woodwork, knitting, spinning and weaving, take a new look at what is hanging about in your garden shed even for inspiration. Last years plant pots can make an amazing textural image once you get the hang of it.
It just involves thinking differently to find amazing and snazzy shots - take this detail of a Felters scarf for example, it was just begging to find its way into my camera to capture the fuzzy texture, the luscious color and form of the felted fleece and hasn't it come out great. to take the idea further you could edit it, change it to black and white, use it as a background, play around with it in your editing program or simply hang it on your wall as is. The crafter will be over the moon that you have even bothered to show up and look at their passion never mind when you present them with images of their latest creation and you will have some great images to add to your collection.
The photo above was taken with the flash turned off and on a macro setting.