Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Filling in for a bright sunset, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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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.…
Fortunately, it isn't difficult to get great results from flash, and in this course, photographer, author, and teacher Ben Long details the concepts and techniques behind effective lighting with flash. Ben starts with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in other installments of Foundations of Photography—simple techniques that improve the results from a camera's built-in flash. He then focuses on fill flash techniques and on using flash as a key light. The course also explores topics ranging from bouncing and syncing flash to shooting with one or more off-camera flash units.
- How flash works
- Balancing ambient light and flash
- Understanding flash ranges and modes
- When to use fill flash
- Using an external flash
- Bouncing flash to improve light
- Building up multiple flash images
- Purchasing a flash