Flash That Hat!

One of the easiest ways to improve your pictures with flash occurs when you photograph someone wearing a hat outside on a sunny day. She is no doubt wearing the hat to keep the sun out of her eyes and off her face. The brim of the hat accomplishes that. But a straight photo leaves her face too dark to see easily.

If you turn on the flash, using the Fill Flash or Force Flash mode, the camera adds light beneath the brim, lightening the eyes. Sometimes the regular amount of flash isn't enough to highlight the face, so you can use the Flash Compensation feature to increase the amount of light coming from the flash. In the example below, I used +1 Flash Compensation in the third photo to better reveal the woman's face.

Photos taken without flash (left), with regular flash (center)
and with +1 Flash Compensation (right).

You can learn more about when to use the built-in flash on your camera in Better Photos with Built-in Flash on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.