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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

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Man and woman in boat posing for picture.
Caption: Couple in boat, fill-flash photo.

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Technical data: Photo taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic point and shoot film camera with fixed 35mm lens; hand held, available light with auto fill-flash, no exposure adjustment. Approximate exposure 1/250 second at f11 - Fuji Sensia 100 transparency film. No lens filters were used.

Film was scanned using Minolta Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening, cropping and dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: This photo is typical of many holiday, vacation or personal snapshots, and was made under the usual challenging conditions. The day was bright with direct sun overhead causing dark shadows on the couple's faces. Using a common point and shoot camera I simply selected fill-flash and made the picture as I normally would. The flash fired just enough light onto the faces to make a "normal" looking photo.

Using fill-flash in these conditions can save the day. Usually you needn't make any special adjustments; just turn on the flash and fire away. As you gain experience you may want to adjust the flash output slightly in some circumstances. For example, in the picture above I could have added some "plus" flash compensation, say, two thirds of a stop or so because the white shirt and background are fairly bright and could cause the flash to reduce its output. Not to worry though. Using even a small amount of fill-flash, such as I used in this photo, will be an improvement worth having.

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