Taking photos with a flash often gives ugly results. Washed-out, flat, phony-looking faces with monstrous makeup can ruin your memories of any special occasion. Everything else is so dark it’s useless. Here’s how to take great, natural-looking portraits and photos in low or very low light. While written for digital cameras, many old film cameras can use these tips, too. The overall strategy is control or compensation for low light, and using some simple built-in controls on your camera. The key to getting them to work the way you want is practice, practice, practice.