I like catchlights, too. I think they're important. I find that if you take out catchlights (via Photoshop), the person's face looks somehow "fake" or lifeless.
Any tips for indoor portraits? I lost Mickey's ears in the Garden Grill last year. Granted, I have a better camera now but I don't know what to do to avoid this problem.
Molander, your photo still has a lot of detail. I lightened the shadows a bit as you can see below. They could have been lightened even more, but they were starting to look blotchy. It might turn out better on your original photo. There are a few reasons why it might have come out dark originally. First, your flash might not have been powerful enough. Small cameras obviously can't have a very powerful flash. That, combined with the fact that you used a low sensitivity (ISO160), would make it dark. Your exposure compensation was at zero, which is OK, but you might have had your flash compensation set at a low value. I don't know if your camera can even set the flash output, but it might be something to think about. And finally, your camera might have been fooled by the bright reflection from Mickey's face.
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