Fill Light with a Smart Phone

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Go ahead and tell me I’m doing it wrong. 🙂


I used my smart phone to add fill lighting.

This is a studio shot I took with the help of my smart phone. I had a single diffused light aimed at my flower, but I wanted to fill in the shadows a bit. I could have brought another light over, or used a reflector… but the equipment was in use by another photographer. So, I pulled out my smart phone and turned it on. I adjusted the brightness of the screen until its soft light was just what I wanted.

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Here’s a shot without the extra fill light from my phone.

Of course, there are those who would insist that I did it wrong. I should have used a reflector…. or a flash… or hot lights…. or light from a window. Heck… maybe I should have used phosphorescent jellyfish to provide natural light. I guess my point is simple. Use what you have, and enjoy what you’re doing. Enough said.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.