Def get an external flash. What kinda camera you working with?
And if you're open to trying new things you should try working with medium format. It's a little more pricy but its amazing for portraits.
A Minolta SRT-201 with a standard 50mm f/2.8 lens. I actually purchased an external flash yesterday at my local Salvation Army and had some general questions about it (if anyone can answer them).
1. I don't know if all external flashes for SLR's have the same settings but what are those green, white, and red dots underneath the ASA (a.k.a. ISO) / DIN for?
2. I've read that most SLR's have a shutter speed number on the dial that is already highlighted (mines is 1/60) and that's the recommended speed that should be used with your flash. Also, this flash is telling me which apertures to use depending on the ISO and my distance from the subject. What I want to know is, how reliable are these "automatic" settings (so to speak)? Would I still need to use a light meter? And if so, how would I compensate for the flash?