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Andy says… “Flash pho­tog­ra­phy is an ideal tech­nique for sports pho­tog­ra­phy, but of­ten con­fuses peo­ple. It can be used in two ways. One is as a main light to il­lu­mi­nate the sub­ject in dark con­di­tions, called di­rect flash. The other is called fill-flash; here the flash is not the main light source but is used, as the name im­plies, to fill in shad­owed ar­eas in the im­age.

“For flash pho­tog­ra­phy ex­po­sures, both di­rect and fill-in, there are two op­tions: man­ual ex­po­sure, in which you set the con­trols on the cam­era and flash­gun your­self, or auto in which the cam­era bal­ances the light for you.

“When us­ing a man­ual ex­po­sure, take a cam­era me­ter read­ing off the sky and set that as the cam­era ex­po­sure. Do a few test shots with the flash on again, set man­u­ally to get the right ex­po­sure for the sub­ject. You can use a flash me­ter to get the right ex­po­sure, but with a few test shots you should be able to get it right.”

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