Why Fill Flash?

Certain situations lend themselves to using fill flash for a little more drama.


You can also use fill flash to add catch lights in someones eye’s giving your subject a certain sparkle and excitment which draws the viewer in. When I say fill flash, I mean just that a little fill. You need to tweak down your strobe so you’re getting a small amount of light but just enough. You really don’t want the photograph to look like you used a flash at all. You’re just looking for a little more dimension to your work. I’ve added some examples of what I’m talking about.    


All Photos©JoAnne Kalish


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Capturing the Moment before Losing the Light

It’s not even Winter yet and there is never enough daylight for me. Before you know it the light is gone – I hate it!  Luckily I worked quickly and used fill flash to capture these photos watching out for background reflections.  Dan was getting some practice in before he performed that evening. Work quickly, watch your background by keeping it as clean as possible and out-of-focus, by using a wide open aperture to throw it out.  Photos ¬©MMX J. Kalish