I'm still pretty new here but I thought I'd post some thoughts on my use of flash or, to be accurate, my non-use of flash ... to get some advice if I'm doing the right thing or picking up bad habits.
I have noticed that I really don't like the effect of the in-built flash on my 550D, and that I have developed an anti-flash mentality. I mainly take portrait-style pics of family and I find that the flash blanches out colours, seems to change skin tones and I dont like the flash reflection I can see in people's eyes.
I have noticed that save for situations where I have no option (eg. bright background, shadowy face and therefore need for fill-in flash), I actively don't use it.
And I find my instinctive workaround is to use Priority and go for larger or the largest I can so that I get enough and don't need flash.
Is this a bad habit to get into?
Should I be more open-minded about the benefits of flash?
Is this telling me I need a better flash for the sort of photos I take?
Any advice is appreciated!