If you’ve ever used a point and shoot camera in a poorly lit room, chances are you’ve experienced flash blow out. It can be disheartening to see the subject of your photos to be engulfed in a bright light. So here are some tips that can help you to minimize flash blow out.
Eliminating flash blow out is easier than you may think. For starters, try using flash as a secondary source of light. Flash should be used to supplement natural light available to you. If it’s used as the primary light source, photos tend to look artificial.
Step away. The closer the distance between photographer and subject, the more effect flash has on the photo. To minimize this, take a step or two back and use your zoom lens if necessary. If you still don’t like what you’re seeing, post production editing may be able to help you out.
Flash diffusers. This is one the most useful ways to prevent flash blow out. If you’re using a point and shoot, you may have to get creative here…try using a piece of tissue paper or tape. The color of diffuser you’re using will help to determine the color of your photo as well. So you should only use white tape or tissue paper to get the best results.
More light. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t try adding more light to the area first. Move the subject of your photo to a better lit area. You can also try using reflective light to increase the impact natural light has on your photo. If your subject is next to a white wall, the ambient light will increase because the wall is a good reflective surface.
Avoiding flash blow out is a must for any photographer. With these simple tips you will be well on your way to capturing great photos in no time!