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Fill Flash in the Outdoors

Somebody asked me this weekend why I bother to use flash outside. After all, the sun is up and there’s plenty of light, right?

What I explained is that fill flash can be useful, even outside in bright sunlight. For one thing, bright sunlight tends to create harsh shadows, and a bit of fill flash can lighten those up.

Palm Warbler (no flash)

Palm Warbler (no flash)

Palm Warbler (flash)

Palm Warbler (flash)

Flash can also illuminate a bird high in a tree:

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (no flash)

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (no flash)

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (flash)

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (flash)