I have to admit I’ve never used the flash up until a few days ago. I just don’t like this burst of light that changes the reality of the scene. Besides, for the type of photography I do there’s no real benefit for employing the limited range of a flash unit. I know there are situations when it’s a good idea to use flash, but I guess I don’t put myself in these situations.
Until we went to Blue Heights Drive over Sunset Plaza where we found an amazing view overlooking Los Angeles. The view was incredible but the place where we stood was too dark. Too dark to be able to set my camera in manual mode.
I almost decided not to shoot. Just enjoy the view and go home.
Eventually, after some encouragement, I took a few pictures. Some without and some with flash. I like both. The results were very different obviously, but I like both.
I haven’t changed my mind (yet) about using flash; I still think it’s quite ineffective and unnatural, but I hear there are some neat tricks using flash, so if you know of any and would like to share here, I’ll be glad to learn.
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