What Is Fill Flash?
What create shadows?
Have you ever taken a picture and and had your subject look dark or shadowy?To overcome this try using Fill Flash. It is a simple technique that will improve your overall photography. Tips for this video come from About.com’s photography site.In general, fill flash means that you use a flash to "fill in" shadowy areas of a photograph. The process is not difficult but does require a little bit of planning as you are preparing to take a picture. Consider the following:Is my subject in a shadow? Fill flash will help eliminate shadows from your subject and even out the overall exposure. Shadows can be created by almost anything especially outdoors where tree limbs, buildings,people and even hats for example can create an unwanted shadow. Using fill flash will eliminate the shadow on your subject without overexposing the entire image.Is there more light behind my subject than in front of it?If your subject is backlit, meaning there is more light coming from behind. Fill Flash can help add the needed light to the front of your subject once again keeping the overall exposure at a desired level.However, an important factor to consider is that neither of the previous scenarios can be corrected if you are too far away from your subject to use fill flash. Most built in flashes are only powerful enough to light a subject about 9 feet away from you indoors and this distance is even less outdoors or in bright situations.Fill flash can also hurts your photographs if you aren’t careful. The flash is extremely bright andif the lighting situation is already acceptable adding more light to your subject can overexpose or wash out your picture. Furthermore if your subject doesn’t require much light adding fill light could cause the loss of detail to your subject.Get familiar with your cameras flash capabilities and power. Experiment with your flash indifferent lighting situations and at different distances. You will learn the power of your flash and be able to decide if the fill flash will help or hurt your image.As you progress in your photography you may choose to use an off camera flash,change the angle of your flash or even add a diffuser on your flash, to achieve a different end result. To learn more check us out on the web at About.com. Thanks for watching.