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| p.1 #6 · How to avoid Shadows using in-built flash on canon T3i |
I am a rookie photographer trying to get some good shots with my canon T3i. ...To get good pictures I see that I always have to use my in built flash which 90% of the times gives me bad shadows. How can I avoid that.
Using a higher ISO setting, slower shutter speeds, and other parameter adjustments that will increase the amount of recorded ambient light and decrease the amount of flash will help, by lowering the flash-to-ambient contrast. That's not the same as soft light, but it is often perceived as being softer, and -- soft or hard -- often yields a more-pleasing look.
...try putting a small piece of tissue over the flash (yeah, I like Kleenex brand on my GF-1 P&S ) It softens the shadows and makes for a temporary larger light source.
But don't put the tissue right up agaisnt the flash; that won't enlarge the source, it will only spread its angle of coverage more, which has no softening effect at the subject plane. Place it away from the flash a bit.
There are various devices you can get to improve the look of built-in flash until you get an external flash. Here are some ideas in addition to those others mentioned:
Don't expect miracles from any of these devices, but if you like to experiment they can be fun and most of them are pretty inexpensive.