Camera tip: use your flash on sunny days.

January 13, 2011 § 3 Comments

This camera tip is one of my favorites to share. Use your flash in the daytime, especially on sunny days.

It might seem unusual to use your flash on a sunny day because there is already an abundance of light, but that is actually what can cause a great photo to be plagued by shadows and darkness.

In a situation like this, your camera assumes that your light source is sufficient for the photo and is unable to recognize that your subject is actually ‘in the dark’.

When I forced the flash on, the shadow lightened up considerably and the depth of the colors in the photo improved as well.

You can fix this by forcing your camera to “flash”. Look on your camera for the lightening bolt symbol. Mine is near the side of my lens near the front of the camera. Many cameras, even point and shoots, will allow you to press this button and override the Auto mode forcing the flash to activate when taking your photos.

In both photos I was standing directly in front of the subject on a bright sunny day. The only difference is the flash.

Press the lightening bolt several times and your camera will go through different flash options with you. In some of cases, one of those options is “fill flash”. This is ideal because it will tone down the amount of flash output so that you won’t overexpose your subject.

Go ahead and try it! You will not be disappointed.

-Kim

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Taking the mystery out of photography

January 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

These are some of my favorite photos. I love that the subjects are clear and that the background is quietly out of focus.

I’ve tried for an embarrassingly long time to figure out this photography technique. As it turns out, it is very simple. If you have agonized with this as well and you are a visual learner, you might appreciate this tip.

Whether you have a point and shoot or a fancy SLR, you can achieve some level of this effect by following a few tips.

I personally use a Canon Rebel XS with an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens II however previous to this camera I used a Canon PowerShot G5 which is also an amazing but non SLR camera. Of course camera quality and a great lens makes a huge difference but chances are that if you are utilizing your camera to its fullest potential, you can turn out some amazing photos with a little practice. For point and shoot cameras remember to switch from Auto mode to Portrait to attain this type of picture.

Canon Rebel XS ($499) Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II lens ($100)

If you enjoyed this post, please be sure to check back on Thursdays for more visual photography tips!

-Kim

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