(NSFW) Using Negative Fill Flash

Pinned on May 16, 2013 at 8:00 am by planetMitch

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(NSFW) Using Negative Fill Flash

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Guest Post & Photos by Abba Shapiro — Follow Abba on Twitter
Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIShutter speed 1/125 | Exposure: 6.3 | ISO 100Canon 240105@97MMPost-processed with Silver Efex Pro and Photoshop

I find when photographing people – controlling light is the key.
I often see photographers diligently re-positioning their strobes to control the light – but rarely controlling the dark.  Negative fill can make or break an image.  Light is a pesky fellow – it can bounce around a room, reflect of odd surfaces, and light your talent from angles you never expected.  That is where negative fill come in.  Large pieces of black foam core or black reflectors, which block stray reflections and absorb ambient light from your strobes.
I usually try to place this negative fill as close to my subject as possible – sometimes so close that I require Photoshop to hide or remove it.  Usually the closer it is  – the better it works – however sometimes placing your negative-fill too close can actually throw light on your subject.. Black is black – but bear in mind different surfaces have different levels of reflectivity – so you may get different results from a piece of foam core vs. a black pop-out reflector.  And when it comes to fabrics …

By: Richard Harrington

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