Painting with light

Painting with light

Why I don't like flashes

photoPosted by simonaldra Mon, November 30, 2009 20:49:34

Lorem ipsum and all that, I thought it might be an idea to inogerate my blog by preaching the virtues of using the light God (or whoever you believe in) gave you.

I used to debate this issue with a friend of mine, he was a master of strobes, and his results always looked supreme. He had, and probably still have the idea that you can never get the same level of control over your light without using strobes. And you know what? He was right. Absolutely right.

But then again, that's generally just relevant for portraits. Flash on camera looks horrific. Sure, there are situations where you just need to use a flash, darkness, lots of movement, and so one and so forth. But in most situations, we're not talking about those kinds of conditions, we're not talking about portraits. Using a flash when it's avoidable when you're photographing documentary is.. in lack of a better word salty.

Why natural light?

1. It's natural. It's what's there, it's closer to reality, in these sorts of situations.
2. You get a better mood in your photos.
3. You're not taking the role as a bloody lighthouse.

I won't say it's wrong to do it any other way, that'd be fascism, and I don't like fascism. People do what they do, and I won't get mixed into that. But if you want to get close and personal, you have to agree that flash is really out of the question, wouldn't you?

The photo that tops this post is a good example of it. I was using a normal camera with a standard prime. It's not picture of the year, but one thing's for sure; it wouldn't look half as good if I'd used flash. And if you think about it, you agree with me on that, don't you? :-)

Good shooting, break a leg and all that.