Being new to non-point-and-shoot photography, I'm still pretty green in the "lighting" department. This weekend I ran into a big road block that just left me stupmed... Due to some harsh lighting contrasts, I just couldn't make it work. I'd like to see if any of the pro's out there had some change (toss in your $0.02) they could offer. I was out on the boat in heavy overhead light, but under a canopy. As you can see in this first picture, my subjects are underexposed I tried compensating with some fill flash. It properly exposed my subjects, but that left the background blown out... and some pretty harsh shadows. A big question I have here is, is the blow out and the shadows the result of using an inferrior popup flash? Would a better flash cure some of these problems?