Balancing Exposures

It used to be the case (in film days) that the left-sided flash should be the 'main' light and the right-sided flash be used as 'fill-in', but I suggest that you just consider the shape and orientation of the subject (both close-up and wide angle) and where the shadows will fall in relation to the shooting angle. It's not the intention to eliminate the shadows completely;just to reduce and soften them.

Another misconception is that the fill-flash should be positioned further away from the subject than the first flash in order to create the softness. This is a very general guideline. It all depends on the make, size and output of the two units. It also depends on your preference as to how you want the shadows to appear. I usually adjust the power setting instead of repositioning them — it's less of a hassle.

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