Fill Flash makes better images.
“It is a bright room, why are you using a flash?”
I will tell you why and I will show you some samples. Even when it is a brightly lit room or outdoors on a nicely lit day, having an extra source of light is very useful to fill the dark shadows or to create shadows in the areas that you want them. This is called Fill Flash photography techniques. By using Fill Flash techniques you can maintain your shutter speed or aperture value. You can also fill in the shadows or create new shadows to add a more realistic look to your images.
“Are Fill Flash Techniques very complicated?”
In fact, Fill Flash techniques are very simple. Even a beginner can learn and apply them to improve their pictures.
In my Outdoor Flash Photography workshop , I will teach you how to understand the ambient light and to calculate the output of your flash to have a balanced fill flash. Come and join me on August 23rd for this fun, fill flash technique workshop.
Now let’s look at some samples. I took these photos in our office and it was a very bright day. In this first photo I didn’t use a fill flash and tried my best to create a good photo with no success!
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I even tried to fix it with post processing (as it was shot in Raw format); but again, not too much success.
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Then I tried a Fill Flash technique to balance the light from the window to the indoor light. That is the power of fill flash! I didn’t need to edit this photo at all, which means time savings for me.
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Another useful technique of fill flash photography is used for Backlight subjects. I took this photo in Centre Weighted metering mode.
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This is not what I wanted, so I added the flash with no Fill Flash techniques.
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As you can see, my TTL Auto flash overpowered the back light and the photo looks like a normal flash picture, but I wanted something more interesting than a regular flash photo. So, I adjusted my shutter speed to balance the ambient light
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I even adjusted a little more to have more of the ambient light
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By using Fill Flash Techniques you can create better and sharper images. Here are the cropped samples with no fill flash and with fill flash
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If you want to learn more about Fill Flash techniques, sign up for our upcoming Outdoor Flash photography class.
Ted and Omnilargess Team