Diffuse flash in daylight or not? That is the question.

Started Jan 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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hotdog321
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Re: Diffuse flash in daylight or not? That is the question.

rfsIII wrote:

In my experience, using flash outdoors I don't need a diffuser because I'm only using the flash to lighten the shadows a little bit and chase out some of the color cast to get nicer skin tones. That means my flash is at least 1.5 stops below the main exposure.

Old, old post. But I agree. I generally dial my speedlight down 1 stop for outdoor fill flash.

And unless you have a really broad reflector/diffuser (one square foot or larger), all flash attachments still allow the speedlight to act as a point source of light and are worse than useless since they attenuate the light.

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