Assignment #34 – Fill Flash
In the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky pull out the camera and take a couple pictures. Take one picture with no flash and one picture with fill flash
It’s time to jump into flash! Of course let’s pick a hot sunny day to really feel the impact of fill flash. When the sun is directly above you, you will end up with lots of shadows especially when you add a hat to the equation. Even if they don’t have a hat on you end up with shadows under their eyes. I don’t use flash very often, but I want to understand and know how to use it when I need to. I believe there is an art to using your flash, a way to make your shadows lighten or to create a shadow within your picture intentionally. So let’s start simple and see what our camera can do.
On this test picture I took the left picture using:
Focal Length: 55mm
The picture on the right:
Focal Length: 55mm
With Flash –1
The great thing about a DSLR camera is you can decide how much umph you want your flash to have by using the exposure compensation. For instance the Canon 60D can go from -3 up to +3. However you need to watch how close you’re to your subject when using your flash. If they are closer than 3 feet you are going to blind them and overexpose them. So make sure you have a bit of distance between you and your subject and then just try it out and see what happens.
This week practice different settings! Raise your ISO and decrease your flash compensation or try taking 6 in a row all with different flash compensation settings just to see what happens.
It wasn’t to long ago I had to ask What is fill flash? You will see this term often in photography. I was surprised to hear it basically means whenever you use your flash.
Wikipedia says “Fill Flash is a photographic technique used to brighten deep shadow areas, typically outdoors on sunny days, though the technique is useful any time the background is significantly brighter than the subject of the photograph, particularly in backlit subjects.”
I need to say thank-you to Cade for being such a trooper by sitting directly in the hot sun so I could do a few test shots! Totally awesome kiddo, thanks!
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