Adjust the flash to balance the light.
Credit: Steve Winter

Using flash can easily bleach out an image, but it can also be manipulated to create balance, especially when natural light is casting a shadow. Winter suggests taking the time to read the manual about your camera's flash and play around until you find settings you like and can replicate. "The first animal I ever shot was a turtle in front of a sunset," he recalls. "I knew I needed flash because the sunset was in the background and the subject was dark, so the exposure of the light on the turtle had to be the same or balanced with the sky. With digital cameras now, you can change the flash setting around until you get this kind of balance."