Well, I finally did it. After years of declaring my hatred for on-camera flashes, this past Saturday right before the engagement shoot, I caved.
I have always been a huge fan of natural light. It's generally that natural light filtering through the leaves of a tree that will inspire me to pull out my camera in the first place. I always thought the flash ruined everything. Ruined textures, washed out skin tones, created horrible hot spots, uggg. Plus I had these sweet lenses with low f-stops, what was the point?
Then I started doing portraits. Of people (who move). In areas with poor lighting that I couldn't control. In rooms with no windows. I started thinking I might need a flash. I also was turned on to all of the fancy, cool flashes available to those without built-in flashes on their camera (like me).
What I settled on was the Canon Speedlite 430EX with a diffuser. It's not going to replace shooting with natural light entirely but I'm hoping it will come in handy during those shoots that could just use a tiny bit of help, as a filler light. It also works in those poor lighting situations that are out of my hands. Now I'm feeling pretty foolish for rejecting the idea of a flash for as long as I did. I'm still learning how to use it but I can tell it is something I will be getting a lot of use out of already.