Wondering if anyone out there has this concern about taking photos of babies or toddlers with a flash.
My camera is a Canon 300D, and recently, someone commented that the built-in flash is too bright for my 11 month old boy, and may spoil his eyesight. I started to worry, cos I have been taking photos of him using flash since he was about 4 months old. When he was a baby, I didn't use flash for the exact same reason. As he grew older, I thought the flash light may not be as harmful as before. After hearing the comment, I'm beginning to think otherwise. But now, he is so active and always moving that if I don't use flash indoors, all I get is a blur.
Is there any scientific proof that flash can cause babies harm? Would an external flash help since the light can be bounced off the wall and the effect won't be so great? What external flash will be suitable for my camera (Canon 300D)? Is there any suitable and affordable 3rd party flash that is suitable for this purpose? If the room is too big for the light to be bounced, how then can I ensure the flash is bright enough yet not too bright for the baby's eyes?