The Digital Photo Guy

Fill Flash, Gear Videos and Topaz Bundle Discounts

by on Apr.28, 2010, under Articles, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop Elements, Webcast

Quick Fill Flash Tip

While I was at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, I used the opportunity to make some photos for teaching purposes. Here’s an example of why you want to always be thinking about fill flash.

This old AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe) caboose had been moved so I decided to try a new angle. Unfortunately, the sun was ahead and slightly camera right (notice the shadows). This caused lens flare (spots near bottom of door) in the first photo. I set up my Canon 550EX with a Paul C. Buff CyberSync Remote Trigger to add some fill flash. After a few trials, I got the middle photo which is evenly lit. Had I been more serious about this shot, I would have popped a second flash under the trucks to light up the underside.


The last photo is after I toned down the middle photo in Photoshop Elements. Bottom line, fill flash lit the dark areas and reduced lens flare in one swell foop. The ability to move the flash around until the lighting is even is another great reason for an external flash instead of the integrated pop-up doo-hickey.

Free Gear Webinar – YouTube Videos

On Saturday, May 15, Roger Cicala, CEO of will answer everything you’ve always wanted to know about lenses and gear but were afraid to ask.

In the meantime, you can get a sample of Roger’s knowledge and style by viewing LR videos on YouTube. One covers Canon supertelephotos while another is for Nikonians. They even cover Sony and Olympus superteles as well as tripods. The reason Roger is wearing hospital scrubs is, as he puts it, in the mornings he plays doctor, as in MD. This man has more energy than any one person should have.

Roger sent me a draft of his PowerPoint and my only comment was that we aren’t trying to teach people how to build lenses. He’s knowledgeable, meticulous and knows how to explain complex topics. Don’t miss this free webinar. You can register here.

Topaz Labs Upgrade Discount

This one is a super-duper bennie from Topaz Labs, publishers of a series of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements plugins. If you purchased a plugin from Topaz and now want to upgrade to the whole enchilada, the Bundle of all 7 plugins, Topaz has special pricing so you don’t pay twice for what you alread own.

Go to the bottom of the Topaz Labs store page and you’ll find various upgrade paths. Even if your combo isn’t listed, you can contact Topaz and ask for special pricing by using the e-mail address listed on that page.

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