Saturday, November 1, 2014

At dusk, try using a flash to make your images pop. Pentax K-3 and built-in flash with the DA* 16-50mm


 Hi Photographer friends,

Taking a picture at dusk can be challenging. The sunset can be bright and render beautiful, well balanced images, but what about the foreground?

Measuring the light in the foreground frequently makes the lighted background too bright and washed out.

One solution is to use the flash on your camera or an external flash. It’s not quite like fill-in flash, as fill-in is more often used for brightening shadow areas when the sun is high up and the shadows are harsh.

I suggest using a tripod, but it’s not always necessary.

The images of my RV below won’t win me an award, but they illustrate my point. See how much more defined the overall image is when using the flash! This method also works well with people in the foreground.


Try it, if you haven’t already done so. The results might surprise you.

Using the flash defined the RV much better, although the pink skies had already subsided.

Metering the average lighting gave this result.

This image shows the foreground illuminated by the flash and also shows the sky. 

Measuring the light on the foreground washed the background out.

Thak you for reading,

Yvon Bourque




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