when to use or not use flash for portraits during daylight?

Started Mar 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP kev777zero Senior Member • Posts: 1,557
Re: when to use or not use flash for portraits during daylight?

Jim Marshall4057 wrote:

Getting fill in just right is not easy. You run the risk of ruining an otherwise great portrait if you overdo it. You also have the problem of sync speed, which, if you are using a 5r, is 1/160. This will force you to use small apertures, e.g. F16 or f22. That would mean that you would need a big flash to have much fill effect. Answer: Buy an 8x ND filter pronto.

Try to diffuse the flash using an attachment or relector. Get the flash off the camera with an extension lead if possible. Experiment on something inanimate.

Good luck.

I actually have a variable-ND filter. It's nice to have the option of opening up wide aperture under broad daylight. However I was wondering what difference it make in terms lighting when using small apertures as oppose to ND filter. Wouldn't sunlight and flash be reduced in both scenarios? or does ND filter only take out sunlight?

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