SCENARIO 30

Filling in Shadows

Because lights can do it too—not just reflectors.

GEAR NEEDED:

  • Camera + Trigger
  • Lens of any focal length
  • 2 Off-camera flashes
  • 2 Light stands
  • Colored gel (optional)

WHAT IS FILL LIGHT?

I believe fill light is one of the most misunderstood concepts in photography. Understanding how to use it in a shot seems simple, but most photographers don’t realize exactly what’s happening photographically. Let’s get you up to speed using some pretty colors.

For the best video explanation of fill light, watch this Instagram TV video: www.instagram.com/tv/BkR9nJpDMkd. In written form, here’s what we’re looking at.

The light that fills in the shadow area (the light hitting where the main light is absent) is called the fill light. ...

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