Tip of The Day: 7 Strategies for Avoiding Flash Blow Out

2) Diffuse It. Limit the amount of light coming from your flash by using a dedicated flash diffuser or a coffee filter, tissue or semi opaque cellotape (just remember to use something white so you don’t change the color cast of your photo)

The problem that point and shoot camera owners face when it comes to using flash to light a scene is that many point and shoot cameras offer a photographer much less control over how powerful the flash is and what direction the light is pointed. But you don't have to live with photos like this one. Below are 7 tips for point-and-shoot users (and DSLR users who want to use their on-camera flash)
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1) Take a Step Back.** One of the simplest ways to decrease the impact of the light coming from your flash is to put a little more distance between you and your subject. Stepping back from your subject doesn't mean that you can't fill the frame, just zoom in or crop the photo later.

2) Diffuse It. Limit the amount of light coming from your flash by using a dedicated flash diffuser or a coffee filter, tissue or semi opaque cellotape (just remember to use something white so you don't change the color cast of your photo)

3) Redirect It. Dedicated flash users can swivel their flashes to bounce them off other surfaces But point-and-shoot users hack their flashes to do the same by taking a small piece of white card and putting it at an angle in front of the flash so that the flash is redirected up onto the ceiling of the room (or even sideways onto a wall).

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