If you are like me and have a dark house and find you just sometimes need flash, I wanted to share with you a tip I found online a long time ago and use often. When you need a flash and just can't get around it, take a white 3x5 card or like me just a white envelope laying around and hold it right in front of the flash as you take your picture. It adds the much needed light without all the washed out looks and shadows.
Below is the photo I wanted. The light outside was making the shot indoors dark but the flash trick added what I needed.
Okay here are the three untouched photos so you can see the difference.
First is the photo using the trick. Pretty good and not all washed out.
Now without the flash. The light behind prevents my ISO from picking up the indoor light. I have not mastered that end of photography yet. So I rely on this trick. But you can see clearly too dark.
Now here is a shot with the flash uncovered. You can see it is washed out and has those funny shiny spots and shadows. Try it next time you need some light indoors.
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