Now that the weather has turned cold, it’s a good time to start some indoor “studio” work.  I usually avoid using my flash, mostly because of my lack of knowledge on how to correctly use an external flash and just because I really like the effect of natural light.  But when I saw the newest issue of PhotoGraphic magazine dedicated to flash photography, I decided it was time to learn.  I had plenty of opportunity to put to use what I had read (or at least tried to remember) on an outing to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  It was a cold but clear afternoon. Meghan and I spent the afternoon in the conservatory.  It was a bit of a challenge to set up a shot, considering it was the Friday before Christmas, a prime time for Longwood. But overall, I got a handful of photos . . . you can be the judge (see my Gallery), but in this case I think using my external flash was a definite benefit especially since the use of tripods is frowned up in the conservatory.

It turns out the outdoor light display had been cancelled due to the extreme cold weather we had been having.  But of course we didn’t find this out found this out until we spent about a half-hour out in the cold killing time and waiting for it to start.  But not a complete loss, I got this shot on the way out.  Without a tripod handy, I decided to play a little.

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