A Flash of Donkey

A donkey-themed restaurant.


Attention Real Photographers
Clearly, I have no idea how to handle artificial light or my flash. Two questions:
How would you photograph these objects, including a shiny silver wall-hanging and a heavily varnished wall mural if
a) You had all the time, access & equipment in the world?
b) You found yourself at lunch with a PhD camera (Canon PowerShot SD750) in your pocket and the access granted a normal customer?

6 thoughts on “A Flash of Donkey

  1. try turning the flash all the way off, then try auto setting where the camera only flashes when needed (i don’t know what settings you have on your camera; i still sometimes use the old SLR i used to drag around to competitions). try pointing your camera slightly up or slightly down. and try to stay at the same level of what you’re photographing. i still have trouble with the point and shoot digital; my old camera spoiled me because i could do so much right in the camera. hope some of these hints work. you’ve seen my photos so you’ve got an idea of how much stock to put in these hints

  2. Turn off flash, it will never work. Set up a studio where you have plenty of diffused light such as shaded porch or inside wall with shades open but sun not directly shining in.

  3. use a diffuser on your flash, like a gary fong universal diffuser or puffer for on camera flashes. or you can just set your camera if you have manual settings to take a long exposure which will let more light in over a longer period and eliminate the need for a flash, u just have to have the camera sturdy and not move it during that exposure time.

    1. More from Chris moved over from FB (so I can find all of the advice again):
      PhotosBy ChrisEllis
      “I would use my diffuser that I put on my flash that softens the light, or u can even use in a cheap way a piece of tissue so that it still lets light through but its not such a harsh light. or I would set my camera on something sturdy or a tripod and change the settings to make my camera take a long exposure photo which will let more light in over a longer time thus making the photo brighter but without the glare of a flash. u can even get a diffuser called a puffer that will go over any dslr style cameras on camera flash to soften the light. or u can get and opaque rubbing alcohol bottle and cut off the top end and then take the bottom end over your off camera flash and itll work like my diffuser does but at only 3$ cost for the bottle.”
      The tissue is a good suggestions for the restaurant since I have so few adjustments on that camera.

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