Using fill flash for outdoor shoot

Using fill flash for outdoor shoot

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This blog is about fill flash in low- light photography. Let’s get started!!


This is the list of gear for doing a fill flash photograph of a model in an outdoor location.

  • Nikon D810 (full frame)
  • Lens 50mm prime
  • Sympex 750 external flash with trigger
  • Small softbox
  • Reflector
  • Trigger


  • Aperture- 1.8 (hence the background blur)
  • ISO- 100
  • Shutter speed- 1/200


We wanted a location that had an old and rustic feel to it. We wanted to do this shoot in the evening because there is nothing more beautiful than the golden light of a setting sun.

But shooting late in the evening meant that the low- light posed a problem.

Pomegranate Model Shoot.


  • The evening light was definitely a challenge. Although the sun gives a beautiful golden light, actually capturing it is a task.
  • To overcome this, we first scouted for a place which had a lit background.
  • Next, to light up the subject’s face we used a reflector. But that didn’t work out well.
  • We improvised and used a speed light with a trigger. We adjusted the flashgun (⅙) at a 45-degree angle and took our shot.

And we got our perfect picture!!!

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