I’ve been reading a lot about how all these pro photographers don’t use flash at all. And I agree with the reasons why, but didn’t know how to get around it short of traveling with a light kit and diffusers. But I found out I can forget the flash if I move off the automatic settings.
So what I did was this … I set my camera to Aperture Priority Mode (Av on Canon). I set my aperture pretty low, and took a shot. It was OK, but still not enough light. So I set the ISO to 800 or 1600, depending on the shot. My shutter speed was fairly slow.
The first photo is taken with a flash. It is a little flat, washed out, and the tones aren’t great. The second one is taken with no flash at all. I like it much better. You don’t get as clear of a shot with the higher ISO, but the photos overall look better, there is no glare from the flash, and it is less distracting than flashes going off all the time. Also, no red eye. (Warning: these are not great photos – I just wanted to show the color difference with out showing her face, since the Great Katie Photo Theft of ‘09. The difference on faces is tremendous. I wish I could show you, but the husband refused.) All of the photos are straight out of the camera with no editing.
It really works. Just remember to check your screen every so often to make sure the settings are working for you, and see if you need to make adjustments. If anyone needs more specific information on this, let me know and I will get back to you on exactly how to do it.
Also, I tried the bag last night. The Coach bag was too heavy if I am going to carry it all day, but the set up was great. The bag weighs a few pounds empty, which never really bothered me when I could stash it under a stroller. Since neither one of the kids would agree to that, I am stuck hauling my own stuff. I’ll be switching it to another bag tomorrow.