Photography tips are available in abundance everywhere, which tell you what to do to achieve a good photo under given circumstances. But rarely anyone tells you what to avoid, which could potentially ruin an otherwise good image.
So here are some tips and tricks about when NOT TO use the in built-flash in your cameras. Mothers who have been handling a camera for a while would know that you can actually turn-off the flash when not required.
1. Do not use flash on humans, especially on babies. No matter how much you adore your baby, the way to ruin his/her photo is to use flash from a closer-to-face distance. It will simply rob the snap of its innocence. Even for grownups, do not use flash unless you want them to look like ghosts or bleached apes.
2. DO not use flash at big events like school functions or sports day. The range of a normal camera is form 15 to 20 feet. Anything beyond this distance will not be able to use the flash light. So if your kid is performing on the stage or in a play field, then flash is useless.
3. Do not use flash through glass or with shiny surfaces of gadgets around. A family photo should be free of things like a TV or a shiny window directly facing you. Otherwise you will find a big blob of white shiny light on that surface if you use flash.
4. Do not use flash during the day, unless its the face shadows you are worried about. Using flash when there is ample light can cause a photo to look unnaturally bright.
5. Do not use flash if the object in focus is well lit, and even if it isn’t, chances of obtaining a reasonably lit photo are high. Let shadows also have a play in the composition of your photo.
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