..that is, of how to use flash outside when it is bright. I thought I would explain yesterday’s shots further in this context by simply showing a logical sequence.
One – a snapshot. Here is a shot of my hand on a bright day (i.e. today, a few hours ago at the Royal Botanical Gardens), when the hand itself is not in the sun. Say I used Program mode and just shot. We all know (and hate) this kind of shot:
Two: snapshot with flash. Okay… so now let’s turn on the flash. Still just program mode, but now I pop up the flash:
Better, and we could stop there – perfectly OK.
But I prefer to go the extra step.
Three: snapshot with flash and negative exposure compensation. Remember Willems’s Dictum: “Bright pixels are sharp pixels”. I want my hand to be brighter, not the same or darker. And I want colour in the background. So now I use Exposure Compensation (the “+/-” control on my camera) and turn it down, say to minus 1 or even minus 2 for extra drama. Here’s -2:
Wow, now we have drama. Maybe too much drama for some of you, in which case do not use -2 stops; try -1 instead.
Michael — Another very cool and very practical post. Once I read the post, just had to grab the camera (that is always in arms reach) and give it a quick go.
Here is the result. I used -2 Exp Comp with a 580EXII. Taken with my 7D with a Canon 17-40mm f4L.