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Behind the Lens - Fill-flash

Using a flash in bright daylight seems crazy, but the technique can improve harshly lit subjects and help eliminate shadows.

Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.I placed Elvis impersonator Wade Morrow in a setting at the Douglas County Fair but the afternoon sunlight was so direct and harsh I added a flash to what would have been a shaded side of his face. I placed an off-camera flash to the front and on his left side at about 8-feet away at 6-feet high and angled slightly down. My flash was powerful enough to match the sunlight and give me an exposure that helped increase the blue of the sky. On-camera flash can be used in a similar way in outdoor situations.


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