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Flash. The bright light that blinds you before the picture is taken and leaves you and your family/friends looking like a bunch of Hellspawn on
a bad day. Sort of like this...

Well, did you know that flash can be your best friend instead of your worst enemy? It's true! Flash, when used in certain ways, can generally brighten up a dark scene or illuminate objects hidden by shadow, especially when outside!

Some general tips about flash and red-eye

:bulletblue: Light gets dimmers the farther it travels. The same is true about flash. So subjects close to the flash when it goes off will be lit up while subjects farther away will be darker or hidden in shadow.

:bulletgreen: A flash-lit scene may not be evenly illuminated. To solve this problem, use a smaller aperture for subjects close to the flash and a larger aperture for subjects farther away.

:bulletpurple: Since flash is so quick, it usually catches an object in motion so you don't have to worry about anything blurring, though it's hard to tell what the subject looks like when lit.

:bulletred: Red-eye is the reflection of the eye's retina through its lens. It usually occurs  when the flash is mounted  too close to the camera's lens.

:bulletred: To avoid the red-eye effect, DO NOT take pictures of people or animals using flash while in dimly-lit room. Though most digital cameras today come with a setting to correct red-eye.
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scruffyphotographer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Photographer
A nice little trick is to "curve" your flash, with a speedlite or using a regular flash. For a regular flash use your hand or a black curving piece to put in front of the camera.
MyouBade Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful tips, thanks^^

my cam luckily has a built in red eye remover
tuotau Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flash is normally so nasty, so I prefer not to use it. But sometimes you cannot take photos without it so then it's really helpful to remember these tips. If you can, buy additional flash, those that come attached to camera tend to be not very good. And don't worry about the red eyes, they are easy to fix with a proper software afterwards.
DragonAstray Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
thanks for the great tips! i'll keep it in mind next time i use flash.
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