Did you ever have a picture come out like this? Which one do you prefer?
Without flash With flash
OK – I’ll explain. They were taken about 30 seconds apart. The one I turned the flash off and used the flash on the other. These two pictures were taken in bright sun and only about 30 seconds apart. Notice how the shadows seem to detract and the colors aren’t as bright? (By the way, I was over 2 feet away and used the telephoto to get closer.)
Picture a young lady by comparison. Can you picture that gorgeous smile without the shadows on her adorable little face? Maybe it’s a picture of a young boy showing you his trophy dandelion flower he picked for his mother, and you captured his big smile on a very proud face. Personally I prefer the accented color without the shadows; I am very prone to use the flash on all my pictures. I still take anywhere from 6 or 7 pictures to over 20, and keep only the best- dump the rest. I think all photographers with the digital cameras should form this habit.
And I say it again, NEVER edit on your camera – use the computer and look for oddities like the bee approaching the flower like this picture. I was looking for a flower with a bee in it, and shot the flower, hoping. This is what I captured. Hope you can see it, but there are even pollen drops on the bottom leaf of the flower.
I think the way to get better people pictures outside is to be in the shade and use the flash. For me, I get better pictures, and remember, we are making memories for us later, and after we’re gone, the ones we leave behind.
OK, my secret is finally out, I Love pictures of flowers. Actually I love fresh flowers more, but the memory thing comes in. Hope you enjoy.