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!

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9 Comments »

  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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