Get Good Photos in the Great Outdoors

Follow these digital photography tips to make the most of what Mother Nature throws at you -- or fake it with Photoshop when you get home.

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Use Your flash

I'll admit that you have to be dedicated to carry a reflector around. A more convenient solution might be to use your [[xref:|digital camera's fill flash|Digital Focus: Master Your Camera's Flash Modes]]. If you're photographing a subject that's fairly close to you — say, within about 10 feet (3 metres) — make sure that your camera's flash is enabled, and allow it to "fill in" the shadows.

Using the fill flash is a great way to fix high-contrast scenes, but remember that it works only with nearby subjects. The flash units built into most digital cameras have a short range, so they can't do anything to a sun-dappled field 15 feet (4.5 metres) away. For that sort of muscle, consider adding an external flash.

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