The instant feedback of digital photography helps to make photos such as this possible. When I first took this photo, the flowers were too dark to be seen in this shot into a dark sky. When I used a fill-in flash to illuminate the flowers, they were washed out because the flash put too much light on them.
So, what technique did I use to cut down on the amount of light? I did not have my DSLR on this trip. I was using a smaller camera, with manual settings, but with limited capabilities and no ability to change the direction or intensity of the flash. I therefore used an instrument that every photographer has. A thumb. I experimented with putting my thumb over part of the flash surface until the digital screen showed that I added enough flash to illuminate the flowers, but not too much over-expose their color.
I hope you have a chance to use this little photo-tip some day, and I hope that the results will be pleasing to you, and others.
Check out fabulous travel photos of our recent trip to Isla Borremeo, Italy at Viva la Voyage!