fill flash

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  1. ketan

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    What is fill flash ? Is it firing flash in sunlight to avoid shadows? Or is there fill flash command on camera and it is different from normal flash?
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    I think fill flash is designed to be used in daylight, where the background is much brighter than the subject. The flash lights the subject, but doesn't affect the background, leaving you with a well-exposed photograph.
     
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    fill flash is used outdoors to light up your subject when you also want to have the sky and background exposed as well.

    how you acomplish this is the following:

    set your flash to automatic
    then point it strait at your subject
    use the meter in you camera and set your shutter speed and aperture to expose for the sky.

    take the shot

    your result is a nicely exposed sky or background and also a well exposed subject.
     
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    Fill flash is flash that is used ANYWHERE and ANYTIME and it's main reason for use is to simply remove the shadows away from your subject without affecting the surrounding area.

    Outside, when used to shoot people that are backlit you will be able to see faces instead of silhouettes.

    Inside, when used to shoot people that are in lower lighting, you are able to properly expose the subject without significantly adding to the current lighting conditions.
     
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    I was wondering if some one was going to say this.
     
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    When setting apperture and shutter to expose for sky ... do I need to take a reading from sky first then use manual mode to set apperture and shutter?

    Then refocus on the subject (press botton midway?) ... I ignore the meter readings because I've already taken reading for sky? The "fill flash" will make up for the underexposed subject?
     
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    Supposedly.

    But you can meter in Manual mode. Meter the sky, shoot the person.

    Phillip J. Flash would be prowd.
     
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    Village. I started thinking you were a hard a$$ on this forum but I'm slowly realizing you are funny as hell as well as pretty savvy. Thanks for the comic relief.
     
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    Hard ass?

    No.

    Opinionated, sometimes arrogant, sarcastic, humorous, and right; yes.

    My idea of comedy doesn't conform to the norm. I don't know how my friends put up with me. I guess I should have been British.
     
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    Actually, after thinking about this, yes: ignore the meter reading of the subject. The metering will help the camera and flash and everything determine the proper exposure it you've pre metered the sky and then are meter off the subject.

    The extent of most of my TTL shooting is done in doors and at informal events. Most of the work involving fill flash to complement ambient has been done with a manual flash. But the technique is the same with the only exception being that the flash power and distance is manually controlled vs. automatically.
     
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    :D

    Why not say it like that? One uses a flash to get the pic that you ordinarily could not.

    Given the opportunity or choice... I prefer to get the pic using artificial light rather than miss the opportunity becuase I missed the best time of the day to get it via ambient light, get a noise-filled pic due to too high ISO or even get things in the pic that I do not want becuase I did not know how to control DOF via lighting.

    Finally, I would use a flash to give me effects that under ordinary circumstances are impossible to get (ie: 2 or more natural ambient light sources are not normally available in single sun galaxy... lol).
     
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    Using the meter and camera controlled fill flash results are quite varied. If your camera has spot metering and you point it on the client, the camera's job is to properly expose the subject based on an algorithm created and programmed into the camera by some foreign engineer.

    Most of the time I get better results when I am in control of my flash and camera. I do this in 2 ways:

    - Camera and flash are both set to manual
    - flash is removed off camera and placed in a location that enhances the effect I want.

    For beginners, both concepts are challenging but the results are much more rewarding and not all that hard to learn with practice and time.

    I use a meter, but not the camera meter. I sometimes use an extermal meter so that I know light strengths and be able to better/faster get the results that I am looking for when using techniques a little more advanced.
     

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