Daylight Fill Flash

In my “Learning Light From Wrong” workshop, I explain several reasons I’m more likely to use a flash outdoors than indoors. Usually, I’m trying to lift shadows in harsh sunlight, but I also use flash to add contrast and call attention to my subject.

Open shade produced nice soft lighting on my son sitting near the Payette River, but the bright, colorful reflections in the water distract the viewer.

The camera's pop-up flash brightens - and warms - the light on John's face, making him the clear subject of the image and relegating the water's reflections to a supporting role.

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Filed under Lighting, Nature Photography, Portraiture, Travel and Vacation

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