Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video When to use fill flash, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…A lot of people who are new to flash shooting have the mistaken…belief that your flash is what you use when you're shooting in low light.…And while it's true that a flash can be…used carefully to improve low light shots you'll probably find…that you use your flash as much, or maybe even…more, in bright light than you do in low light.…That's because very often the lighting problems in your…image aren't about an overall lack of light, but simply…about a lack of light in certain places in your scene.…Here's a simple example.…
There's plenty of light in this scene.…The problem with the picture is that there's…not enough light under the brim of the hat.…That's leaving our subject's face in shadow.…With a fill flash, I get this.…Or consider this shot of someone standing in front of a bright background.…If you've watched my exposure course, or my HDR course then…you know that your eye has a much wider dynamic range…than your camera does.…Consequently, when you're standing at this location you can actually see with your…
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