As much as possible I avoid taking photographs with a flash. Often the flash will distort the colour of the flowers, and the orchids look so much better without a flash. Below are two pictures of Corysanthes diemenica, showing the difference in colour caused by the flash. The temptation is to use a flash as these orchids tend to grow under bushes where it is dark.
The pictures on the left without a flash has the natural colours. The picture on the right with the flash has distorted the colours, and some of the details have been lost like the couple of ‘hairs’ at the base of the flowers.
A flash can be used and work if it is not attached to the camera. I have seen some photographers using a mirror to direct the sunlight on to the orchid, and although I have not tried it myself, I understand it can be effective.
Another observation is the pictures taken with black backgrounds look unnatural, and lack space around the flowers. Personally I like to take my photos to show how the orchids look in their natural settings. The only time I use the flash is when photographing orchids indoors.
I’ve had difficulty finding photos I’ve taken with a flash, so when I’m out next, I’ll take some pictures with both flash and without, so they can be compared. They will be in Part 2.