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How To Take Pictures Indoors Without a Flash

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How To Take Pictures Indoors Without a Flash

When you were a kid, your mom probably took a lot of pictures. When she wasn’t taking pictures outdoors, she was using a flash. Remember that? “Oh wait dear, don’t move, the flash has to warm up.”

If you look back at those photo albums full of all those pictures that your mom took when you were a kid, you may notice a common theme. Those photos probably don’t look very good. In them, your kid-self probably has a washed-out face and/or red eyes, and there are most likely some really big, ugly black shadows directly behind you. These are all hallmarks of direct flash.

Now that you’ve grown up and have a camera of your own, let’s see how to take photos that don’t look like the ones in your mom’s photo album.
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Taking Fabulous Photos in a “No Flash” Zone

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Taking Fabulous Photos in a “No Flash” Zone

In low light situations, the flash is usually your “go to” solution. But what if you can’t use it? You may be in a “no flash” zone in a museum or aquarium, or it may not be socially appropriate for flash usage. Your best friend probably wouldn’t appreciate you flashing away like paparazzi while she says her wedding vows. It is still possible to take a good picture in low light conditions without using your flash. It requires a bit more work on your part, but you will likely be pleased with the result. Flashes create unflattering light, flatten digital images, and cause reflections off glass display cases so it may not be the best solution anyway.
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10 Tips for Better Flower Photography

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10 Tips for Better Flower Photography

As people, we are awed by nature. Despite everything we arguably do to hinder it, somehow it perseveres on, evidenced by the dandelion stubbornly reaching through a crack in the sidewalk or a tree being born from the ashes of a terrible forest fire. With that awe comes the desire to capture the beauty around us and keep it with us. And as photographers, we do this by taking photographs. Here are ten tips to help you improve your flower photography so you too can take nature’s wonders with you.
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5 Tips for Improving Your Flower Photos

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5 Tips for Improving Your Flower Photos

It’s amazing how many photographers start out by photographing flowers. If you think about it, though, it makes sense. They’re beautiful, usually easy to access except in winter months (and even then, that depends on where you live), and unless it’s windy, they pose quite nicely for you. Add to all of that, each one can be unique and special lighting can enhance them in ways that aren’t apparent to the naked eye, only through the lens and specific settings and processing.

But flower shots can tend to look the same. So today, I’ll give you a few tricks and techniques to get you on your way to capturing some compelling flower images.
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What to Look for When Buying an External Flash

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What to Look for When Buying an External Flash

Until you use an external flash, it’s difficult to appreciate just how much of a difference they make. Since cameras come with a built-in flash, it’s easy to want to only that. I’m here to tell you, don’t settle for your built-in! Take a leap and pick up an external flash… you will thank me later. Built-in flashes create generic photographs; whereas external flashes do wonder for your images, especially people’s skin tone, but more on that in a bit. First, below are some tips on what to consider when buying an external flash.
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How to use rear curtain flash for creative photos

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How to use rear curtain flash for creative photos

Intermediate Don’t use your camera’s onboard flash… most of the time.

You already know the reasons why you want to avoid using that onboard flash. It washes out your subjects’ faces. It creates harsh and ugly shadows behind everything in the scene. It causes red eye. It is, well, ugly. In most cases, it’s better to turn up your ISO than to rely on your flash. ISO technology is leaps and bounds ahead of where it used to be, and today even point-and-shoot cameras can provide good, low-grain images at high ISOs.

So now that I’ve said that, I’ll go on to say this: when used correctly and at the right time, flash can provide your photos with interesting and cool effects. So don’t exclude it from your bag of tricks altogether.
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Why You Should Own an External Flash

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Why You Should Own an External Flash

Almost every modern camera comes with an on-board flash, even the higher-end DSLRs. You may wonder why, since almost every modern photo taken with an onboard flash is ugly: blown out highlights, red eye, harsh shadows and that characteristic look that screams “flash photo!” So why do manufacturers insist on including an onboard flash on cameras that are generally marketed to people who should know better? Let’s find out…
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Taking Perfect Pictures of Plants

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Taking Perfect Pictures of Plants

If your last photo shoot was at a zoo or a kid’s birthday party, you might be tired of moving subjects. Don’t worry, every photographer eventually wearies of shooting subjects who turn their butts towards you at the last second (zoos) or who have cake all over their faces (birthday parties). It’s time to relax and schedule a photo shoot with that most immobile and cooperative of subjects: Plants.
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Fixing Red Eye

Fixing Red Eye

Have you ever had that annoying ‘red eye’ problem with your photos? You’re out at night and take some snaps of your friends, but when you look at the photos the next day, you see a huge red blob in your friends’ eyes. You wonder how that happened and what you can do to fix it.

This is a common problem with all cameras. Luckily, because it is so common there is already a quick way to fix it.
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Is Flash Photography Dead?

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Is Flash Photography Dead?

Flashes, the age old staple of the modern photographer. They’ve been around as long as photographers have needed some kind of portable light source. But all of that might change very soon. The newest L.E.D. lights are not only inexpensive, they draw much less power than their fluorescent and incandescent counterparts. Plus, when compared to flash (which you can only see for a fraction of a second), they provide the kind of real-time feedback photographers love. Is it the end of flash photography as we know it?
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Getting Started With Off-Camera Flash

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Getting Started With Off-Camera Flash

Those of you who read my tips know that I don’t have a very high regard for flash. I think it usually gets in the way of taking a good photo, and it tends to suck all of the natural beauty from your images. If you want a sure-fire way to turn a potentially good image into something so-so, just turn on your flash, get up close your subject, and take the shot.
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Taking Colorful Photos In Your Garden

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Taking Colorful Photos In Your Garden

Why travel to an exotic location for photography when you can take some of your best shots in your own backyard? Photography and gardening go together like two peas in a pod. It’s a great way to show off your hard work all while perfecting your macro and flower photography skills. But for all the fun you’ll be having, there are a few things that may surprise you about taking pictures in your garden. Here’s what you can expect.
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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

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Changing The Flash Output – Why and How

Flash is a very powerful tool in photography, but it only works as well as the person behind the camera. Great pictures are destroyed with flash as easily as they are created. Most of time, I advise you to avoid flash altogether. This time, I’m going to show you an alternative that might just allow you to have your cake and eat it too. We’re going to learn how to change your camera’s flash output and why it’s important.
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Slow Sync Flash: 1st Curtain Or 2nd Curtain?

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Slow Sync Flash: 1st Curtain Or 2nd Curtain?

Have you tried out slow sync flash yet? Well you should. It’s a really fun digital photography trick that never fails to produce some interesting results. I like to think of it like extended exposure with a few extras. You can create a neat effect that combines the motion blur from the night lights with the frozen motion you get from using a flash.
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How To Take Pictures Of Flowers

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How To Take Pictures Of Flowers

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to refresh your memory of the art of flower photography. With all the blooms just around the corner, there will soon be more than enough subject matter to help you warm up from the long winter. If you’ve never photographed flowers, or you just want to get back into it, try out these flower photography tips. You won’t be disappointed.
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