Proper use of flash

Presently the metallurgical engineer, Kiedock Kim previously held executive mining and milling positions with Veris Gold USA, TVX Gold, Inc., Royal Oak Mines, Inc., and Echo Bay Mines. Along with his managerial work in operations, Kiedock Kim is an avid photographer.

The use of flash is misunderstood by many novice photographers. One can see flashes from cameras hundreds of feet away in big sports events or concerts. The built-in flash only has 20 to 30 feet range. In contrast, on sunny days, one does not see the flash in operation when taking photos.

The flash should not be used in big sports events or concerts. It will not light up a person that is hundred feet away and will not help to obtain better photos. Instead it will drain the battery of the camera quickly. But the flash should be used on a sunny day, especially when taking photos of people. The flash will “in-fill” the dark or shade areas, which is caused by the harsh sun light. Using the flash will eliminate the “raccoon eye” effect. This is opposite instinct of a novice photographer. In order to improve the end result, the novice photographers have to learn new skills.

no flash. harsh sunlight gives raccoon eyes

no flash. harsh sunlight gives raccoon eyes

with flash. using flash during daylight under a harsh sunlight eliminates dark shdows

with flash. using flash during daylight under a harsh sunlight eliminates dark shadows

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