In this video, I provide a quick overview of on-camera fill flash for outdoor portraiture. I know that using your flash on the hot shoe isn’t the sexiest technique in the world, but sometimes it’s the best way to go, especially for things like outdoor event shots, where things are moving quickly and conditions aren’t perfect for off-camera setups.
Here, I go over the basics, including using TTL flash and “P” mode (yes, that’s right!). Eventually, you’re going to want to use Aperture Priority mode, FEC, and EC for better control over your shots, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right? And really, I kind of cringe when I say this, but DSLRs and their flashes are getting so smart these days, you can get some pretty nice results with automatic settings if you’re not ready for on-the-fly balancing and fine-tuning of your flash and ambient exposures. I talk about NOT using flash, too. As much as I like controlling the light, I can also appreciate cutting down on the complexity, and just having fun with the natural light.