Candid Reflections

May 8, 2008

What do you think of these photos?

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — candid reflections @ 1:00 am

For those out there who are nervous to switch their camera out of it’s auto setting, this could be just the motivation you were looking for – throw caution to the wind and starting playing around with those dials!  Why, just look at what I discovered in doing just that –  By changing the aperture setting alone, I completely transformed the feel of a photograph.  For this first photo, my camera’s aperture setting was f/4.0, the shutter speed was 1/60 sec., and the ISO was 200. 




















Now, for a completely different look, and to keep my flash from firing, I set my aperture to 2.2, my ISO became 900, and the shutter speed remained at 1/60 sec.  This next picture was taken about 5 seconds after the previous one, just look at the difference I got when I prevented my flash from firing!












Both of these pictures were taken around 8pm. and the light was definitely fading.






Here are a couple more – in the first shot the flash fired, and in the second shot the flash did not fire.

I’m still deciding so I thought I’d ask you...Which look do you think is more pleasing, The Firing Flash or No Flash?  I’m real curious and would love to know what you think. Thank you!



  1. Unexpectedly, because I tend to avoid using flash where possible, I prefer both photos taken with flash – because distracting background is reduced or eliminated, skin tones are nicer and details are not burnt out. Only my opinion though – others will disagree.

    Comment by justwilliams — May 8, 2008 @ 1:42 am

  2. In my opinion with No flash it looks more natural.

    Comment by delphiniumdays — May 8, 2008 @ 2:08 am

  3. Between the bottom two I like the top one…so thats the one with the flash? I like it because it seems like the coloring is better in her face. The bottom one her face is more white.

    Comment by jenny — May 8, 2008 @ 6:43 am

  4. Weird though in the top two I like the bottom one better. Does that help at all? 🙂

    Comment by jenny — May 8, 2008 @ 6:44 am

  5. I guess I like the top one from each set…she has a pretty blouse on and I can see the colors in it better. Her face is warmer too. :o)

    Comment by Mamapua — May 8, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  6. Between the top two I like the bottom, between the bottom two I like the top.

    Comment by sue — May 8, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  7. I really like the coloring of her face and the reduced shadows without the flash. But i also like the feel of the photo with a background. Looks fun and springy! Is cropping the answer here? l0l

    Comment by Kristie — May 8, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

  8. Okay, so I got the flash/no flash pics mixed up….and now I’m confusing myself! So I like the skin tones WITH flash (is that right?). And the background without flash….yeah. Aww geeze am I any help?

    Comment by Kristie — May 8, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  9. Thanks for your comments everyone! I’m with you…natural is best yet with these photos she looks a bit washed out when the flash didn’t fire. Off for more experimenting with my camera settings! 🙂

    Comment by candid reflections — May 9, 2008 @ 5:41 am

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