I looked around and asked my Sheridan College class, yesterday night: “how dark is this classroom?”
Most said “rather dark”, because it looked rather dark.
But not to my camera. Not necessarily.
I showed them. Click-click-click-click-click. And it was this dark in the room:
No, this dark:
No, this dark – not that dark:
No, this dark – not at all dark:
No, this dark – extremely bright:
The point I am making: your camera is a light-shifter. Do not settle for “my eyes are seeing X so the photo must look like X”. Why? Says who? Unleash your creative side, and see the camera as a light shifter.
And when you combine that with flash, you have a true creative tool at your disposal. Learn it; use it!