Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 319 - On the limitations of flashes

An interior shot, not because it's a great example of photography but to show the limitations of the Olympus camera I'm using. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great camera for the price and for the fact that it is a glorified point-and-shoot.

One limitation is the built-in flash. It is small and fairly powerful but it lacks a diffusing filter that softens the light. This means that it tends to overpower subjects that are close to the camera, creating areas that are washed out with too much light and areas that are blanketed in very sharp shadows. As for more distant subjects, the flash is not quite "big" enough to make for a useful photo.

In this case, the atrium of the Legislative Building in Fredericton shows up as grainy and flat due to the lack of light. You get a taste for the beauty of its staircase and the bronze statue-lamp in the centre but the photograph is not quite crisp enough to do the place justice.

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