Some on camera metz flashes are said to be capable of balanced fill flash. From the description it says it is 85/15. It also seems to imply that it has two flash tubes on it. If I am not misunderstanding that there are two tubes what is the point of them? They are on almost the same axis. Is one just used for times when lots of flash is needed and the other used when less flash is needed?
I understand fill flash, very useful in portraits, but don't understand this.
Note: this is cross posted in portraits. Please delete if that is too bad of a thing. Normally I wouldn't do it, but I need the answer soon as I am thinking of bidding on one.
#1. "RE: balanced fill flash with metz" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberMon 15-Apr-02 10:06 AM
That type of balanced fill flash is referring to the subject being lit by two different flash tubes that are balanced, one providing fill, rather than a scene in which the ambient light is balanced with a flash fill. The two tubes are for bounced flash. The main tube is pointed upwards to reflect off the ceiling, providing most of the light. The lower, weaker flash is to fill in whatever shadows may occur from having a high and wide main lightsource. Those shadows can be mostly avoided by aiming the flash head directly above the camera, instead of angling the head so that the light comes down from directly above the subject. However, some photographers like having a direct flash to provide "catchlights", or reflections, in the subject's eyes.
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