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Master fill-in flash in 4 easy steps

Fill in flash is the thing that makes professionals able to work in even the harshest light, check out this very useful tutorial on Photoventure

This time of year, many photographers like to shoot outdoor portrait photography, but one of the challenges with this is coping with strong overhead sun and harsh shadows on your subject’s face.

Many a sunny-day portrait has been ruined by dark shadows creeping into the eyes and other facial areas, and fill-flash is good and very convenient solution.

On gloomy days, flash can be equally useful for warming up colour rendition and breathing life into skin tones. The trick is to balance the flash with daylight to obtain natural-looking exposures.

DSLRs and flashguns often make a good stab at this, even in Programme AE mode, but the results can vary. READ MORE HERE


Are you a good photographer? 9 simple ways to tell

Yep this article on Photoventure, if lighthearted is absolutely on the button, you cannot argue with any of these points, you may add some of your own and I would like to hear them. For me  no. 4 is the most important, after all it is light, right?

How do you define a good photographer? Someone who takes photos that you’d never dream of or dare to take? A photographer who has an image in mind long before they hold a camera to their eye? A photographer whose equipment is worth more than the car they drive it around in? Well, for our money, you know you’re a good photographer when…

1. You delete fewer shots for technical reasons

2. You don’t care what camera you’re using

3. You get angry when you don’t have a camera with you

4. You worry about light

see the rest here, they are all worth considering

here is a beautiful picture by Sabastiao Salagado who worries about light!