Digger bees frequently sleep under flower blossoms. On a cool morning, they are immobile while awaiting the warming sunshine. Barb used fill flash at –1.3 FEC to add light to the shadows and make the bee more apparent. Nikon D3, 200mm macro, ISO 200, f/22, 1/3, Cloudy, fill flash with Nikon SB-800.

7 Fill flash techniques




Flash is an extremely useful, if not essential, tool for taming dark shadows that ambient light often creates. Shadow moderation refers to “opening up” or “filling in” the shadows, or sometimes merely “reducing the contrast.” Bright sunshine that is not directly behind or in front of the subject will create dark ...

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