While the general brightness isn't as good in the non-flash picture, it's something you can fix with simple photo editing software. The glare from the flash picture is a much bigger problem.
When do you use flash then? Well, the strange but true answer is when there is natural light (something I learned from this great article). Flash can be a great tool to balance out shadows in natural light! Go figure!
Boy, wasn't I thrilled to learn this trick!! You still have to be careful of harsh shadows like the one behind my lamp. I just cropped this picture to cut out the bad shadows :)
(Excuse my crooked scrabble letters - I forgot to fix them - more on that later)
Avoiding those shadows will take a little trial and error, but generally - being farther away is better. One of the first pictures I took with the flash was this one...
I was too close so the shadows are super harsh behind the lamp and shelves... not ideal. Also, reflective surfaces will pick up the bright glare of the flash so watch out for that too.
You can make your flash your friend, but it takes some equipment and that equipment is often very expensive. Photojojo has a great DIY solution:
Just cut up a film canister and pop it on! The film canister will diffuse your flash making it less harsh and more handy.
(photos from Photojojo)
So there you have it. Flash, that unwelcome friend who always seems to make things harder, but there's something about them that makes things so right too. I know... a stretch...
Snapshot Sunday is approaching fast. Try out your new flash skills and send me your pictures! Sharing is fun :)