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Can using a reflector or external flash soften harsh natural light, or just fill in shadows?

My question is much related to harsh light in natural light conditions. Suppose I am taking photos of a model 3/4. I know that when shooting during midday, when the sun is very vivid, because of its ...
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Taking a portrait with both the sun and model visible. How to use my flash? [duplicate]

I want to make a portrait with the sun to the side or behind the model. I have set the shutter speed to 1/4000. If I take the photo without flash, the model's face won't be bright. But the built in ...
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To get a main to fill lighting 3 to 1 ratio you divide your main f/ number by 3?

I have read this information off a popular Photography site ; I am confused because I tought that for a ratio of 3:1 you need to set your main light to say: f/8 and your fill only one full stop down, ...
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Rule of thumb for manual setting of flash for daylight fill? [duplicate]

I have a number of systems but have TTL flash only on one system. On another system, I use a non-TTL flash (generic) flash in either auto or manual mode. Past experience tells me that using a generic ...
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Can fill flash be used for both backlit and “frontlit” subjects?

I am having trouble computing this in my mind. My goal is to photograph a person in front of a bridge, during day time and during night time. I want the bridge to be in focus as well. So, I would use ...
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How do I adjust the amount of fill-in flash from the built-in flash of my Canon Rebel?

I have a Canon 450D/Rebel XSi. How do I adjust the amount of flash from the pop-up for fill-in flash?
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When to use different combinations of TTL/TTL-BL and Spot/Matrix metering?

I am trying to teach myself flash photography, and I am currently confused about metering modes. In what shooting conditions would each the following metering modes be best-suited? (And why do they ...
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Does a fill flash actually help bring out detail?

I posted another question which sparked a bit of a discussion in the comments. Basically, in a high contrast (high dynamic range) picture, if the difference in distance from the camera to the ...
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How do I manually calculate fill flash?

My main flash is a Nikon SB-24, used on a Nikon D200. Hence, iTTL doesn't work. I've had no issues using A-mode (the thyristor in the flash determines flash output) or M-mode (manual on the flash) ...
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How can I use wide aperture with fill flash?

I was working with an off-camera flash this weekend for some portraits of my son. I was shooting in medium sunlight (early morning, partly cloudy, w/ some shade), and I like the lighting control I ...
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What is a fill flash and how is it used?

What is the fill flash technique?
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How do I use gels to make my flash match the color of the ambient light?

When using fill flash to supplement ambient light, how do you determine the flash color that will match the ambient light?