Monday, November 12, 2012

Fill-in Flash For Better Bird Photos

   Birds make great subject matter for photography.

   But photographing them can be challenging.  They like to hide in the shady spots, but a bit of fill-in flash can brighten your photos, provide crispness to the feathers and an all-important "catch light" in the eye.  That little detail will bring a bird portrait to life.  Actually, any portrait of a living animal, including people.
   If you can figure out how to make a flash unit work with your camera in full daylight, you're in business.  There are several ways to do this, depending on your flash unit itself and the synchronization system of your camera.  If there is enough interest in a how-to-do-it post, I'll do a lesson on the various ways and the various supplemental hardware that may be necessary.
   The above photo was made in my garden with a 300mm telephoto lens and a small auxilliary speedlight on a bracket.

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