How to Use Fill Flash for On-Location Portrait

Shooting portraits outside of the studio can be a great way to add context to an image, tell a story, or simply generate a bit more visual interest. Bringing along a flash for fill can often help you create a higher-quality image with a more balanced exposure. This great video tutorial will show you how to use a fill flash on location for better portraits. 

Coming to you from Gavin Hoey with Adorama TV, this helpful video tutorial will show you how to use a fill flash for on-location portraits. One of the best reasons to use fill flash is that it frees you from relying on the sun in terms of light direction. For example, if you want to shoot a dramatic sunset portrait with the sun behind your subject, you can use fill flash to add light back on your subject and balance out the overall exposure so you don't have to choose between having your subject in shadow or blowing out the highlights in the sky. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hoey.

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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