To use or not to use fill flash
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Monday, July 07, 2014
By Jim Zuckerman
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For most of my out door portraits, I avoid using fill fiash.  Fill flash is great for low light circumstances or when you specifically want to create a very unique look (such as illuminating a subject against a dramatic sunset sky), but usually I prefer to use available light.  Fill flash, especially when used on-camera, is flat.  It takes away the depth and dimension in a picture.  This portrait of a costumed young lady at the Jember Fashion Carnaval in Indonesia was standing in the shade of a building, and I took advantage of the soft and diffused light to make this picture.  Had I used flash, even if it were reduced in output by one full f/stop, this portrait would not have been as successful in my opionion.  All the subtle shading on her face would be compromised.



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