I’ve come to realize that I avoid shooting indoors just about any way I can. Looking through photo albums of mine, you’d see that there’s a dearth of winter photos. The obligatory holiday snaps, a snow scene or two and then…nothing. Until spring. I don’t have fancy speedlights or special lamps and I don’t like the contrived nature of studio photography. Don’t get me wrong–I admire portrait photographers a great deal. But give me open shade and I’m so much happier.
Alas, this is my first winter of more serious photography, and I’m no longer in California, so I need to face that somewhat steep learning curve of shooting indoors without the camera-mounted flash. (I do at least know to avoid that!)
So, shooting this Christmas cactus just about put me over the edge. 😉 I tried changing the camera’s white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; I turned the lights on and off; I moved the plant; I waited until the rain stopped outside. Finally came up with this, but it’s not great. The highlights are a little blown out and the focus isn’t quite right. But I’m learning. Stay tuned!