Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Flash? Or no Flash?

Although most night photographs spend most of their time shooting old buildings, beaches and smokestacks, sooner or later we'll all be in the position where we need to photograph people at night. Sometimes it's just for a snapshot, other times it may be art. The million dollar question becomes, "Should I use a flash?"

On one hand, a flash solves two of the biggest problems at night: it provides lots of light, and lets you work at a faster shutter speed. On the other hand, reckless use of a flash washes out everyone's features, and sometimes makes the subjects' eye bright red. It's a question that we all ask ourselves everytime we push that ON button on the back of the flash.

This morning, a coworker sent me the below photograph. It's one of the best side-by-side examples that I've ever seen of the difference shooting with flash, and without flash:

(photo: Unknown "artist" from MyConfinedSpace.com....sorry!)

Happy Hallowe'en!

12 Comments:

Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

I am indeed, L'ingOL!

12:31 PM  
Blogger //ed pingol said...

that is FUNNY! happy holloween people!

//ed

6:47 PM  
Blogger //ed pingol said...

that is FUNNY! happy holloween people!

//ed

6:48 PM  
Blogger Geppo said...

very LOL! :D

12:24 AM  
Blogger Duane Keys said...

Ha ha!!! Good stuff.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Jamie Striplin said...

Love it! Happy Halloween!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

So.... if you take a photo with Flash will Superman be jealous?

7:56 AM  
Blogger jimmyp said...

I didn't even know you had a blog until yhis was posterd over on strobist. Very funny.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

But the light isn't coming from the direction of the "Flash".

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Blackx said...

Excellent idea! I have tears in my eyes from laughing :)

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Annerose said...

These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Cincinnati Photographers said...

You got a good sence of humor, after taking my time going through your story, i realize i was taken. Thanks:)

2:54 PM  

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