Monday, August 17, 2009
Show and Tell: Avoiding the Flash
For one who doesn't post frequently, this is a seemingly random post, but I finally got caught up with Chickadee's blog and found that I've been missing out on her fabulous new series Using Your Camera Without Reading the Manual. Reading her tutorial about raising the ISO to avoid using a flash inspired me, so yesterday I poured over my much neglected uber-manual, Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography, and ventured away from the automatic settings to the manual ones.
This is the first picture I took, using the automatic Portrait setting (the picture of a face on the dial). The flash popped up automatically when I took the picture.
On this one, I went to one of the Manual modes and set the ISO to 400.
These are both straight out of the camera. In the first one, the flash caused her skin to look more yellow, while the second picture produced more natural skin tones. (Ironically, the ISO speed on both pictures is 400, but the flash popped up automatically on the automatic setting and didn't on the manual...puzzling.)
The difficulty I had when switching to the manual settings was with FOCUS. I read in my manual, but still struggled to overcome the focus issues I was having (especially when my subject wasn't sitting perfectly still), so I'll have to keep playing, or perhaps my dear friend Chickadee can teach me about focus. ;)
And since I'm posting pictures, I must include one of the adorable fellow who insisted on moving while I was attempting to capture his picture. My sister got a Brittney Spaniel puppy for her birthday. Flash or no flash, he's the cutest thing!!!
Thanks, Chickadee for inspiring me to get out my manual and play. :) Anybody else who wants to join us can share your pictures at A Familiar Path.
Grace and Peace,