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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:25 am 
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The odd time I do watch tv it is usually wildlife/science shows.. lately I have been watching a show with a guy named Austin Stevens. His latest 2 shows have been 1 hour long each and through these 2 shows he has made it clear his shows are are filmed while he is on still photography assignments he get hired for... this guy does a lot of reptile and amphibian work so he manages a lot of closeups... gives some cool tips as well on how to handle and calm these animals for ideal shots...

Anyways.. what I have noticed is that no matter if it is sunny, cloudy, shadey.. whatever.. he constantly uses his pop up flash as a fill flash.. now I have played with it under certain situations where I thought it might help due to extreme backlight, deep shade or a few other wierd situations but I have never thought about using it almost always on closeups including what looks like direct sunlight.... anyone else use it that frequently for closeup wildlife or any thoughts on it?

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I've tried it on big cats in harsh sunlight. They really don't like it. I ended up with white balance issues with it going against the sun. My technique was bad anyway. I need to dial down the flash in sunlight as it made the lighting rather flat with additional shadows too.

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Generally i try never to use flash for animals, since they aren't always very keen about it. Although for pets and zoo animals, they're proably used to it. But i still try not to :)

That said, a fill flash can be very helpfull for leveling out extreme shadows. Just be careful not to overdo it.

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