Fill flash and rear-curtain sync might sound to you like a couple of fancy bits of photographic jargon. You’re right; they are.
But what’s cool is that you can combine them to create an easy special effect that can help transform your photos, especially when the lighting is poor.
How does it work?
Fill flash is a technique where you add in a little extra light to balance with the ambient light or to help even out deep shadows.
Rear-curtain sync manages when the flash fires in relation to the camera’s shutter opening and closing.
This combination of techniques is excellent to use when the ambient light is of poor quality. The existing lighting might be flat and low intensity or hard and harsh with deep shadows.
With rear-curtain sync to complement, popping in a bit of fill flash can add some visual magic to an otherwise dull or challenging photo opportunity.
Here is what’s covered by Kevin Landwer-Johan in this free exclusive Photzy guide:
- What is ‘fill flash’?
- What is ‘rear-curtain’ flash sync?
- What can you expect when you combine the two techniques?
- How do you manage the variables?
- How much flash power does it take to create this effect?
- Does this require a tripod?
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Photo Credit: Kevin Landwer-Johan