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Digital Wildlife Photography by John Barbara Gerlach

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Electronic Flash

 

 

THE FEAR FACTOR

Many photographers are afraid to use flash. Many of you—as we did—learned photography years ago when flash was far less sophisticated and more difficult to use. Through-the-lens flash metering was in its infancy and flash manuals were poorly written. Using more than one flash at a time required the use of the intimidating guide number (GN) system or an expensive flash meter to arrive at the optimum exposure. Fortunately, this dismal situation has changed for the better. Dedicated flash is easy to use well. Metering for flash, along with combining it with available light, is simple and straightforward today.

Occasionally, some photographers say they don’t need flash to capture wildlife images. Their assumption ...

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