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When you say without a flash, do you mean the on camera flash? I would highly recommend an off camera flash that you can rotate to bounce the light from a variety of angles. You can also try a reflector, but if you have limited light that won't help very much. I shoot the Canon 10D and have the 550ex flash (which is now replaced with the 580). I do on location studio portraits and I have to say, when I'm at home with my kids the lights/backdrop is rarely set up. I use either natural light or my flash bounced off a wall or ceiling. Hope that helps!
Alison - Mom to: Emmeline (7/14), Augustus (2) Maximus (4) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (13) Christopher (14)
I have the 430ex that I use the same way, and just bounce it off a wall. In a way I wish I would;ve spent the extra to get the 580, but I doubt I'll ever use it as a master, so I coudl'nt justify the extra expense, esp coming off of buying the camera itself LOL. Personally, I don't like the oncamera flash, I think thats one of the weekest things canon has going on the 20D (and I"m assuming the XT's is close to the same).