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The Wild Side of Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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Fill Flash

Fill flash is used either to brighten detail in darker parts of an image, or to provide “extra” detail light in addition to the available light. The first example is the result of a long exposure during which I brightened the rails in the foreground using fill flash. The effect is subtle, but improved foreground detail noticeably.

Nikon D300, 50mm lens set to f/9, 8 seconds at ISO 200. Nikon SB-600 fired at 1/8 power.

Figure 11-2. Nikon D300, 50mm lens set to f/9, 8 seconds at ISO 200. Nikon SB-600 fired at 1/8 power.

At right, the tree was lit by a lateral flash which brightened the tree and the grass surrounding it. There was still a fair amount of ambient light in the scene, so I had to stop down and use a fairly short exposure ...

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