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Chapter 10. Lighting > Using Fill Flash in Bright Light

Using Fill Flash in Bright Light

Most people assume that you use flash when it’s dark and turn it off when you’re back in bright light or daylight. While this is occasionally true, you can also argue that it’s often the exact opposite of correct flash philosophy. As you saw in the last section, using a flash well in low light is very difficult, and doesn’t often yield the best result—sometimes, shooting with no flash and a higher ISO is a better way to go. You’ll probably find that your flash is more useful in the daytime than it is at night.

When shooting outside, you’ll often find that the sky is much brighter than your subject. Most Matrix metering systems will favor the sky when metering, causing your subject to be rendered too darkly. If your camera has a spot meter, you can work around this problem by spot-metering off your foreground subject, which will cause the background to overexpose and wash out completely.


  

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