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Adding fill flash to your outdoor wedding photos can yield wonderful results. The bulk of my wedding photography is done in Oregon where overcast skies are the norm. We have a type of natural, outdoor soft box if you will. But don’t let overcast skies fool you! Yes, the light is softer and not as harsh as direct sunlight. But it is still, just one, big overhead light source. Can you imagine lighting this way in the studio? With just one diffused light coming from directly overhead? Of course not! In the studio, we’re always adding light to fill in and compliment the face. Why would we not take the time to light this way outside? Overcast lighting, just like bright sun, creates shadows in the eyes, and under the nose and chin so we need to fill in those areas with a little light.

Let’s just say that the 7D is in a whole other family in spite of the image sensor similarity. It is more for semi-pros and pros, as shown by those who buy it. We will shelve that discussion for another article and concentrate on the two cameras in question here.

There are a hundred ways to go wrong and only a few to go right. There is only one goal: Beautiful pictures that serve the story and flow together in the edit.

4-H has a reputation for being a “rural” organization but the truth is that 52% of 4-Hers are from communities with over 10,000 people. 4-H has hundreds of project areas, such as sewing, Check out my pins, art, horticulture, entomology, and foods, and most of them can be done by children who are from more urban areas. The organization’s focus on active learning and healthy values makes it a good fit for homeschoolers. It has become an important part of our lives and schooling. My children have learned to challenge themselves to get better, dig deeper, and find new answers to problems.

About the Center of Creative Photography: The Center of Creative inspiration for photography is located on the U of A Campus just south of Speedway near the pedestrian underpass that is just East of Park Ave. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free, although a donation is suggested. Learn more on their website here.

One thing that you don’t want to do is be negative in your profile. Never trash talk your ex or use a negative demeanor when writing your profile. Another thing that you don’t want to do is be desperate. Don’t create a profile saying that you’re looking to get married right now. A profile like this is incredibly desperate and sends the wrong signals to a woman. Here’s another tip.

First, I meter for the ambient light. Let’s say it’s at ISO 200, 250th of a second at f 4.0. (Note: I typically keep my shutter speed as high as I can go and still sync with my flash. This allows me to keep my f-stop low, thereby reducing the depth of field, thereby making my subject stand out.) I adjust my flash to give me a reading of about f 5.6. This will fill in the shadows and, you guessed it, achieve balance. Balance between my subject and background.

The reason for hesitation is pretty clear. The Canon Macro 60mm does not receive all the focus of some of the other lenses in this category. But it truly ought to. It is a great supplement to just about anyone’s camera bag.