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In the last few years I have yearned for something more, something to push my creativity and challenge my mind. Through the 365 Project and Photography I have found a passion that has filled a hole in my heart. A sense of being and a meaning to my life. I hope my pictures live on forever even if only through my children and my blog.

Friday, March 5, 2010

#6 Color Accents

I think my daughter's I-Dog is so cute, so I had to use it as my subject today. I love the Hot Pink. I'm not loving the glare from the flash. I think the semi-gloss wall isn't the best backdrop.

1/40, f3.5, ISO 400, Flash pointed to the left, Cropped


  1. I love this picture! You have really strong focus here! Oh a tip on your flash: Try a more shallow angle to the wall to avoid that big blob of light :-) Also: don't be afraid to use a much higher shutter speed: if the flash is your only light source, it doesn't matter if you use 1/10th or 1/250sec for your shutter speed, I always go as high as my camera will let me with the with the flash on (this is your maximum sync speed). In this case it doesn't matter much since you don't have camera shake, but a little extra security never hurts :-P

  2. Thanks Chris. I need to learn how to use my flash better, sometimes it flashes, but my picture is dark, like it's not in sync with my camera. Any ideas? I think I need to read the manual because I don't know how to set it properly.

  3. What flash do you use? "TTL" doesn't always work the way it should, just like when you use "auto" on your camera to expose your pictures in natural light. You can dial in "flash compensation" on your camera when your flash is attached to remove or add flash power if the flash and camera don't calculate the power properly by themselves. Also: the two main big players in proper exposure with flash photography are ISO and aperture. The bigger your aperture and the higher your ISO, the more light will be captured. Shutter speed has no effect on flash, because the burst of flash light is way faster than your shutter speed (depending on the power of the flash, it could be as fast as 1/25,000sec!).. The first step to add exposure to your flash photo, is to open the aperture, next to add flash compensation, and finally if you still need more light, add ISO. 9 times out of 10, you should have enough light to play with between these 3. Aperture is the difficult player here though, because it also control DOF, and not always do you want super shallow DOF (think close up portraits and macro). It takes some playing and practice to get it right, but you already seem to be well on your way with regular exposure, so this is just a little bump in the road now :-)