This exercise is about understanding when and how to use fill flash, and understanding how to manipulate lighting in doing so. The brief says “You can see many examples of fill-flash in Martin Parr’s photographs at http://www.martinparr.com”
How do you spot when a photographer has used fill flash? To be honest I think this is something that will come with time, and I do not feel very competent with this at the moment. I have given it a go, but I feel that the most important thing right now for me is to practice. I have spent a couple of days reading about and practicing using the flash on my camera, and I now need to get outside and find some people to practice with.
Here are three attempts at seeing how Parr has used fill flash.
Fig.1. Gift shop in the Museum of the Revolution (2017)
1 – The mans upper arm is slightly shiny, although there is a shadow upon his shirt below the arm, there is no shadow falling on the table at all. This suggest the whole scene is has diffused lighting, and the shadow has been cast by the flash.
2 – It appears as though there is a narrow light source, the flash, reflected in the mans glasses.
3 – Good natural day light from the rear. This does not mean that there is not another light source, but what ever other source there is is not creating shadows.
Fig.2. Moschino. Milan Fashion Week. Italy (2017)
1 – Reflection from the flash.
2 – Light drop off, suggesting that the room was dark, and the aperture was small.
Fig.3. Lincoln College Ball (2016)
1 – The strong purple light suggests that the ball is dimly lit.
2 – The faces of the couple have good lighting and skin tone, with some reflection on the womans arm.
3 – The shadow shows that the mans arm is lit from the flash on the camera.
Figure 1; Parr, M; 2017; Gift shop in the Museum of the Revolution; At: https://www.martinparr.com/recent-work/ (accessed on 22/11/2017)
Figure 2; Parr, M; 2017; Moschino. Milan Fashion Week. Italy; At: https://www.magnumphotos.com/arts-culture/fashion/martin-parr-people-watching-in-milan/ (accessed on 22/11/2017)
Figure 3; Parr, M; Lincoln College Ball; At: https://www.martinparr.com/recent-work/ (accessed on 22/11/2017)