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Problem picture #7

There's lots wrong with this picture … but, what?


At one time or another, we all take pictures that end up looking like this, and we usually know why.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

Flash failure. The scene is obviously underexposed (because it is too dark) and there is a lot of blur, indicating that a slow shutter speed was used without flash. There are several reasons why this might occur.

  • The electronic flash unit may not yet have recycled after having just been fired.
  • The flash cord may have become disconnected from the camera or the flash unit.
  • The battery or batteries that power the flash may have become exhausted.
  • The photographer may have forgotten to switch the flash on.
  • The flash itself may be faulty.

The problem is, of course, solved by curing whichever of the above-noted problems was its cause. However, direct flash is generally not the ideal method of illuminating a picture of a mother and her new baby. It can produce harsh lighting, when you probably really want to create a softer, moodier look, more conducive to the subjects. One solution, if you must use your camera's flash, is to bounce it off the ceiling or a white wall to diffuse the light, thereby avoiding harsh shadows. Click here for more handy, helpful tips on photographing newborns.


 
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