One of the nicest things about weekends is the fact that I don’t cook on weekends. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I don’t eat well! For instance, if I am staying home for breakfast, I will have a nice cup of coffee with my grandma’s cookies. Thanks Grandma!
I know, you wonder what my breakfast has to do with photography. Well, I just thought to show you how I use the light to capture indoor photos. One of the things I use a lot when the indoor light is low is the external flash. I am a Nikon user so I use Nikon speedflash but you may want to use a different flash brand even if you have a Nikon camera and that’s totally OK. Canon and Nikon equipment can be quite pricy but there are a number of other brands who produce equipment that is compatible with Canon and Nikon cameras – and it will usually save you a few bucks. I rarely use on-camera flash (actually, I hate it) but I love my external flash.
Photos above and below show the difference between shooting without external flash and with it. The first photo is a shot without external flash while the second one is the shot with a flash (with Flash Bounce Cap Diffuser
). I leave the light diffusor on my flash all the time; even if I am using the on-camera flash, I will use a On-Camera Flash Diffuser
. A diffusor makes a world of difference. It diffuses the light evenly so you don’t get harsh shadows on your subject. The best thing about diffusers is that they are inexpensive.
The next thing I like to use is a Collapsible Round Multi Disc Light Reflector . These are really inexpensive and you can get a 5-in-1 set for as low as $11. 5-in-1 means that you get 4 color sides, generally white, silver, gold, silver/gold (or black). The fifth element is the white disc inside that serves as a giant light diffusor and I like to use it outdoors. I recommend getting a set with a holder; that way you don’t need an assistant to hold it. I got one under $100 on Amazon. Please, check out my Amazon store for more info.
Now, what I eat for lunch on weekends? Hmm… since I don’t cook I usually have a nice salad. This salad (AKA lunch) photo was taken without a reflector. It’s OK but something is missing (the light!).
Now, I used the golden side for this salad shot. Don’t you love that light? The natural light in my kitchen was quite low but I used the reflector to get the most out of it.
OK, so what about a dessert? I am just showing it to you so you can see that I also don’t bake on weekends.
Dinner? Hmm… That’s when hubby comes in with his grilling skills. ; )
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