Photography: Using fill flash

Fill flash is used in this photo to light up the foreground. The background remains properly exposed. Camera setting: ISO 100, Exposure: 1/40 sec, Aperture: 22.0, Focal Length: 18mm. Speed of car: About 55 mph 🙂

Tip: Use manual camera setting. Expose for the sky. Turn on the flash and let it fire normally. It looks to me like the flash isn’t as intense as in some other shots because of the bright background.
The relatively bright background tricks the camera into thinking there is plenty of light, and the camera adjusts the flash accordingly, reducing its intensity.
Try the same shot against a black or dark background and chances are the foreground will be blown out, with bright highlights that make it difficult to see any detail.

When fill flash isn't used, the foreground is dark. Camera setting: ISO: 100, Exposure: 1/40 sec, Aperture: 22.0, Focal Length: 18mm

The flash didn't wipe out the color in the skin tone in this photograph. That makes the use of flash a bit more tolerable.

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