Friday, March 23, 2012

Trick to Use Flash Indoors

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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36 comments:

Sam I Am...... said...

Thank you so much for that tip! That is my worst area...my pictures are not good a lot of the time. I keep meaning to "study up" on digital photography but I have no books on it and need to find some and then invest the time in reading them and practicing but so far I've done none of the above! LOL! So, any time I can get a quick tip like this is great and I really appreciate it! What a difference it made too!

~Carla~ said...

Great tip, thanks! I only ever use the flash if my life depends on it...lol! But I'll try your tip! :)

Kris said...

Great tip!! THANKS for sharing!!! How are the chicks?

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing that tip. Sometimes I get a project done at night and need to go on and write the blog post and just have to go on take photos. This trick will help me lots.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great tip. I have so many windows that light is usually not an issue, however once in a while I do need the flash, I will give this a try. Hugs, Marty

notes of sincerity said...

Genius!!
I am taking lots of pictures to stock my etsy shop (due to my husbands health issues) and I will use this method! Thanks!!

Terra said...

My house is rather dark too, so I will try your trick. Thank you.

The Boston Lady said...

This is a great tip, I will definitely try it next time I have a similar situation. Thanks! Ann

Sweet .n. Simple said...

What a neat tip! My house is dark too and it's hard to get good indoor pics. I will have to try this...

~Sara said...

What a great trick. Thanks for sharing. ~Sara

Val said...

This is such a wonderful tip...such a huge difference. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Suffia said...

A wonderful tip, thanks for sharing and I'll definitely try it next time. Have a lovely weekend.

Olive Cooper said...

Brilliant You Are.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I'm going to try this.
thanks for the tip. ~Pat

Shug said...

Very smart trick! I will know what to do next time...thanks for sharing..

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Thanks for the tip!!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Thank you so much for this tip-I've had the same problem but didn't know how to fix it.
Have a wonderful weekend and I love your window toppers and decorations.
Noreen

It's All Connected said...

I'm going to try this. My old house has thick walls, surrounding trees and a porch across the front. Even on sunny days, I cannot get enough exposure without a flash. ~ Maureen

Barb said...

Hi Elaine,
What a fabulous tip!!
Thank you for sharing this.....I really need to do this for indoor photos.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh wow, this is one of the best tips! We live in a house surrounded by big trees, so alot of the time it's just too dark inside to take a decent picture. I think you just changed by life in a big way!

Cranberry Morning said...

thank you so much for that GREAT tip! And by the way, I just love the look of that window sill with those cute chickens on it!

injoyinmylife said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm just starting out and not a photographer at all. I want to take pictures for my blog, but I have the very problems you are talking about. I appreciate it.

Linda said...

Great tip!! Your window is so cute...I love the curtains!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Great tip Elaine! Love your window sill!

Debbie said...

That's a wonderful tip, and I'm going to try it. I get so very frustrated here because it's such a stinking dark house in places.

Country Chook and the Woodman said...

Hi Elaine - that's a great trick to know about!
It does make quite a difference.
I have a couple of rooms where this will be really handy!
Thanks for sharing.
blessings..Trish

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a sensational tip...I have this problem a lot and I haven't learned to correct with my camera yet. This is super! Thank you so much.

blesid said...

Awesome tip! To flash or not to flash... that is the question! Now I know the answer!!!

ImSoVintage said...

can't wait to try this tip. Thanks so much for sharing it, Elaine.

Leslie said...

Thanks for the tip. I suffer from a dark house too. Next time I will try it your way. Happy Saturday.

Lottie said...

What a smart trick! You don't know how many bad photos I've taken with this problem. Thank you for posting!

Holly said...

Love this tip! I live in a cave so I'm going to give it a try. Thanks!

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Does this work with a little digital camera too? I'll have to try it for sure. Thanks!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

That's a great tip. I'm definitely going to give that a try :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Connie said...

I just can't wait to try this great tip about the camera and light. YES, indoor pic's are more difficult, for some of us. Can't wait to see an improvement !!
Thanks for the great tip !

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I just came back to say... I did go and try this and it worked out wonderfully well!
Thanks for the photo tips!
~Pat

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