Type of fill in light?

Discussion in 'Lighting Equipment' started by mark_s|11, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Hi eveyone,
    I'm looking for portable lighting to light up (fill in light) subjects in outdoor scenes for example under trees or backlit scenes but I don't know what that type of lighting it is and if it works with battery or electricity, any tips would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. You could also consider reflectors. They are not necessarily the best choice for all situations but they are much cheaper than lights AND they can be used with lights.
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  3. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    I'm looking for portable lighting to light up (fill in light) subjects in outdoor scenes for example under trees or backlit scenes.


    What camera system(s) do you use?
    I’d expect the most oft used portable lighting for this type of shooting scenario would be a dedicated Hot-shoe Flash, (dedicatd meaning TTL Flash Metering).
    Such Flash Units can also be used Off-camera and/or in a Master – Slave arrangement.
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  4. Outdoors you obviously need a unit that works off battery electricity, as opposed to mains alternating current electricity. A Hotshoe flash is the obvious answer, as posted above.
    Or you could go for the electricity-free option of taking around 1,000 candles with you and lighting them in front of the subject.
    A reflector would also work for backlit scenes, but not so much under trees.
     
  5. I'm with Rodeo Joe, speedlight. Can be on a stand off camera and bare or on camera. If shooting under trees, a reflector is usable if you move subject close to edge of the tree shadow still in the shadow and can get the reflector close but in the full sun. That way you get lower intensity and directional light, horizontal, and eliminate overhead light and racoon eyes by the tree canopy overhead and can still use the reflector, even as the main light.
     
  6. "A reflector would also work for backlit scenes, but not so much under trees."

    In which case, unless you are in a forest, you put it out where it can catch some sun.

    But a Speedlite (Canon) / Speedlight (Nikon or Sony) and a collapsible reflector are the best combination to own as they
    will give you the most options and choices for different situations, you can also use the collapsible reflector as a portable
    bounce surface for the Small flash.
     
  7. Another option is what is called subtractive lighting where you get rid of light coming from overhead or some other distracting direction and then add the reflector from out in the bright light to fill with an eye on the direction of light instead of just the quantity of light. Moving under a tree or a pavilion roof are two samples of subtracting bad light but it can also be done with black reflectors for more flexibility. MUCH softer quality of light that any fill flash and much more controllable as well once you've practiced a bit.
     

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