How to Use Flash As a Fill Flash

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Using a flash as a fill flash is easily done on modern cameras, whether it be a point-and-shoot or a digital SLR, as the flash settings are almost universally automatic. Set a camera to the fill flash setting with advice from a professional photographer in this free video on photography.

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Hi, my name is John Budden, with Shutter Priority Imaging Center. What we're going to talk about is, we're going to talk about how to use a camera flash as a fill flash. There's, we're going to talk about two different cameras. The first one is a point and shoot camera. What we're going to do, is we're going to set the point and shoot camera to the flash fill mode. You're going to turn the camera on. Once the camera is on, we're going to go over to our selector dial, you look for the squiggly line, the lightning bold line. You push that. From there, you use your control key in order to highlight the squiggly line on there. Once it's highlighted, you press Okay. Now, the camera is ready for flash fill. What you're going to do is, all you do is you just take your subject and you just release it, and the camera pretty much does all of the lighting dabs for you. It'll control shutter speed and flash for you. The second camera we're going to talk about is the digital, is the SLR camera. The SLR camera, most of today's cameras have a built in flash. This is a Pentax film camera, but the digitals are very similar. What we're going to be doing is, you're going to pop it up. What you're going to do is wait for a confirmation of the squiggly line, either on your LCD display on the top of your camera, or in your viewfinder you'll see it. Okay, what we're going to do, on an SLR, is we'll turn the camera on, we'll turn on the flash, or let the flash elevate. Here again, we're waiting for the squiggly line, for the confirmation of the flash is ready to fire. At this point, the camera is ready to do it automatically for you. At this point, what you're going to do is, you're going to hold this towards your subject. It's pretty much ready to go. The modern day cameras are pretty much automatic. They'll measure your white correctly, and go ahead and take your picture as such. And from that, what the idea of the fill flash is, is what you want to try to do is illuminate the subject, just in case, like if the light is coming from the back of the subject, like if you're shooting into the sun, where your subject is facing you, away from the sun. This way, what you'll do is you'll get a proper exposure, get good tones, and a, and a more of pleasant look than if you did not use a fill flash.

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