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Filling in for a bright sunset

From: Foundations of Photography: Flash

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We're looking at a textbook fill flash situation here. He is mostly a silhouette I have very little detail on his face at And that's getting a little bit better. Wow, there's a weird flare right

Filling in for a bright sunset

We're looking at a textbook fill flash situation here. I'm shooting Steven up against a bright setting sun. Let me show you what happens if I just frame a shot here. He is mostly a silhouette I have very little detail on his face at this point you should understand that my with some flash I can fill this in. I can even out the exposure between he and the background. My background exposure is pretty good that's whats happened here. My meter has metered for the bright sky, and in the process, underexposed him. I'm going to pop up my flash and again, this is mostly what the flash on your camera is for, is providing fill.

Right now it's providing too much fill so, I'm going to go to my flash exposure compensation. I'm going to dial it down quite a bit actually. I'm going to dial it down two stops. Because he looked really bright there. And that's getting a little bit better. Wow, there's a weird flare right under his nose. That's actually a lens flare, coming from the sun. So if I look through the Viewfinder, I can kind of see it. This is just inherently a problem of shooting directly into the sun. So I'm simply going to move the camera around until it goes away. I think that that's a little, I mean a little more flash and that's working better.

Notice that I still have good exposure in the background because of course a flash pictures two different exposure. There is the ambien exposure and as I said, the camera metered for that correctly. So that my sky still looks good but it totally screwed him up by popping up my flash and hitting him with a little fill light. I can even out this exposure. Flash exposure compensation to control how much of that light is on there. Next time you are on vacation in Hawaii and you want to shoot someone in front of the setting sun. This is what you're going to have to do or if you are shooting someone in your office out a bright window. This is what you are going to have to do.

This is what fill flash is for. It's for filling in shadowy details. In this case, the shadow is being cast by his own head in a way. The bright light is behind him and the back of his head is casting his shadow onto the front of his head that's not really what's happening but you can think of it that way and remember that's why you need fill flash.

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Foundations of Photography: Flash

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  1. 1m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 35s
  2. 33m 1s
    1. Exposure revisited
      2m 22s
    2. How flash works
      2m 12s
    3. Balancing ambient light and flash
      3m 54s
    4. Shutter speed, aperture, and flash
      4m 11s
    5. Fill and key light with flash
      4m 13s
    6. Understanding flash range
      2m 47s
    7. Understanding flash modes
      5m 16s
    8. Flash sync options
      3m 2s
    9. Some notes about your camera's built-in flash
      5m 4s
  3. 32m 50s
    1. When to use fill flash
      1m 39s
    2. Using fill flash in auto and program modes
      2m 44s
    3. Fill flash in priority or manual modes
      2m 38s
    4. Using flash exposure compensation
      9m 14s
    5. Using fill flash to eliminate unwanted shadows
      5m 46s
    6. Using fill flash to darken a background
      5m 1s
    7. Using flash to supplement ambient light
      3m 48s
    8. Filling in for a bright sunset
      2m 0s
  4. 33m 53s
    1. Shooting a portrait with flash as the key light
      4m 27s
    2. Why use an external flash?
      3m 34s
    3. Flash power and recharging times
      4m 21s
    4. Flash zoom
      1m 45s
    5. Taking the flash off camera
      5m 35s
    6. Using a softbox
      5m 3s
    7. Balancing flash and window light
      4m 22s
    8. Paying attention to the light in the room
      3m 39s
    9. Flash and white balance
      1m 7s
  5. 54m 20s
    1. Bouncing flash to improve lighting
      13m 8s
    2. Alternative options for bouncing flash
      5m 12s
    3. Using slow sync with flash
      8m 50s
    4. Rear-curtain sync
      11m 54s
    5. Using radio controls to fire a flash
      4m 32s
    6. Working with manual flash
      10m 44s
  6. 25m 16s
    1. Building up to multiple flash units
      13m 3s
    2. Adding the second flash for fill
      5m 19s
    3. The third flash as a backlight
      6m 54s
  7. 7m 50s
    1. Which brand of flash should you buy?
      1m 27s
    2. Guide number considerations
      3m 13s
    3. Shopping recommendations
      3m 10s
  8. 42s
    1. Next steps
      42s

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