Flash photography made easy: master it all from pop-up flash to multiple flashguns

Flash photography made easy: master it all from pop-up flash to multiple flashguns

Master fill-in flash

Use your pop-up flash to fix ugly shadows…

Master fill-in flash

With fill-in flash

Fill-in flash is one of the easiest flash techniques to master, and one that will instantly give your shots a pro edge. Best of all, you can use your camera’s in-built flash, so you don’t need to buy any kit.

It might seem odd, but fill-flash is actually a technique best used in broad daylight – in fact, the brighter it is the more likely that you’ll need to use it.

Master fill-in flash

Without fill-in flash

You might solicit some odd looks from non-photographers as you activate your flash in the bright sunlight, but they won’t have realised your photographic brilliance!

Imagine you’re shooting outdoor portrait photography in the midday light. Unless you’re in an area of open shade, the chances are that the direct, bright sunlight will cause heavy shadows to fall on your subject’s face. These can often be too harsh and unsightly, especially under the eyes.

It’s easy to eliminate these shadows by activating the pop-up flash and using it to ‘fill’ areas of shadow. You could use a flashgun, 
but the pop-up will be powerful enough on most occasions and saves you carrying additional gear when you’re out and about.

The majority of DSLRs have a flash compensation function, very similar to the Exposure Compensation feature, and this can be used to alter the intensity of the flash.

You’ll find that in extremely bright situations you may need to add extra power by dialling-in plus one or more stops of flash compensation. This can also have the effect of darkening the background of your scene, which can add drama to your shot.

PAGE 1: Find your way around a flashgun
PAGE 2: Master fill-in flash
PAGE 3: How to use rear curtain flash for cool motion effects
PAGE 4: What is diffused light?
PAGE 5 How to buy or make a diffuser
PAGE 6: See the effects of diffused light
PAGE 7: What is off-camera flash?
PAGE 8: How to position your off-camera flash
PAGE 9: Off-camera flash photography cheat sheet
PAGE 10: How to use multiple flashguns creatively
PAGE 11: Using radio triggers in your flash photography

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