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Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by julie32, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. julie32

    julie32 TPF Noob!

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    I know it's Fill, I was just wanted to make the subject more interesting. Anyway, is there a certain "setting" that is considered fill flash or is it just using your flash in bright sunlight to help reduce shadows? I have a Canon 20D.

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    Julie
     
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    Not sure I get your question, but fill flash is basically what you mention, i.e. using flash light to lighten darker areas of the image when shooting with natural light
     
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    You would want to turn down the fec. You don't want to light the subject with the flash, just give them a little boost.
     
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    thanks for the responses. Someone said to me, "turn on your fill flash etc" so I thought maybe it was a special setting in the camera or something you could turn the dial to. I guess they could have said "just use your flash" right?
     
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    right.

    another thing, though, is that modern cameras will somehow detect that the flash is being used with available daylight, so as a filling in extra light, and they "know" how to adapt for the job. But that's just part of the automatism modern cameras have, the same they'll use when flash being the only light source. So "turn on your fill flash" is nothing more than "turn on your flash" -to fill shadows, etc.
     
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    The primary light source is called the main or key light. A secondary light source used to brighten up shadows is fill.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Most modern cameras will realise the scene is already pretty bright from their exposures and calculate a fill flash accordingly.
     

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