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Steps for using flash-fill in daylight.

posted by justsexy, Jun 1, 2006 5:16 AM — 6 comments

Flash fill in daylight.

This effective lighting technique can be used at any time of day to create a controlled portrait concept.

In shooting Lucretia in the auto junkyard, I hand-held the flash using an off-camera cable extension at arm's length.

These steps are for the Canon camera and flash set-ups, however most digital SLR cameras and flash units will have almost identical options.

Step 1: Set the camera on Program, Aperture or Time value settings. (Do not use the fully-automatic “green box” setting which can disable some of the “creative” camera functions.) Aperture gives the photographer the most compositional option by allowing control over Depth of Field. Manual also works, but a bit more metering along with calculated guesswork is involved.

Step 2: Dial down the exposure compensation on the camera to minus one stop (-1). This tells the camera that there’s too much ambient light and to underexpose the image.

Step 3: Dial up the exposure compensation on the flash to plus one stop (+1). This tells the flash that more light is needed to properly expose the subject.

The Effect: The overall background will appear one stop darker yielding richer skies or ominous clouds. The model posed a few feet in front of the camera, will be properly exposed by the increased flash.

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1. posted by Luciano-ET, Jun 3, 2006 2:16 PM


2. posted by tuoitho, Oct 23, 2009 10:22 AM

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3. posted by Vignau, Sep 14, 2006 3:45 AM

Just new here! I love that kind of simple technique!

4. posted by Zela, Jul 4, 2006 11:20 PM

I will certainly try that! Very nice.

5. posted by achrafpsd, May 19, 2008 6:15 PM

i love thart very god ging

6. posted by escan, Aug 21, 2010 3:59 AM

Easy tut thanks

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