Getting it right in camera / by Conor Cunningham

Eva and I were having breakfast on the penultimate day of our holiday in Ireland by a window with a view of Dingle and the hotel's gardens. I thought I'd get the owner Billy to take a photo of the two of us, because, well, that's what one is supposed to do on holidays. Thinking I'd be clever, I attached the flash to light to room whilst metering for the background. I Took a couple of shots, took a quick look at the resulting image, sligt adjustment, another few shots, another look and done.

I asked the owner Billy to take a couple of pics, which he obliginginly did and for which we thanked him, and then set about on our way.

It wasn't until today when reviewing the picture that I was going to send to a few people that I noticed all the hot spots from the flash.

  A view of the water and the penisula where Dingle is located. Notice the horrible hot spots in the very centre of the window.

A view of the water and the penisula where Dingle is located. Notice the horrible hot spots in the very centre of the window.

Had I taken a few more seconds to properly revise the image on my camera's screen I could have adjusted the flash and bounced it off the walls, used a stofen or both. I could edit this in lightroom with a few mintutes work, but with only a few seconds work when taking the shot, I wouldn't have to get all fiddly with the image. That'll teach me for next time.

Matt Granger has a good video on youtube about fill light and stofens.