Micro Four-thirds: Built-in Flash for Holiday Photos

Last week I had an early morning photo session with a family for their holiday photos. I thought I was being prepared by putting my camera case in the trunk the night before.  Even when I woke up and it was 25 degrees I didn’t think that it would affect my camera equipment.

Christmas mirrorless

When I arrived at the shoot there was still a freezing rain. I got out my Lumix GH3 and Metz external flash I was surprised when the flash wouldn’t charge because it was too cold. Christmas mirrorlessIt was also too cold to go outside with the kids and too dark to shoot inside with available light so I reluctantly decided to use the built in flash on the GH3.

The first test image had that familiar over powered flash brightness and harsh shadow.  I went into the menu and adjusted the power of the flash by minus 2/3stop to slightly underexpose the portrait.

I’ve never been a fan of built in camera flashes, but it sure bailed me out this time. Try it for your holiday photos.

Mark.selfieMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at www.marktoalphotography.com. Mark can be contacted at marktoalphotography@gmail.com

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