I understand that to some that on camera fill flash is a dirty word - but honestly, in these situations it, makes perfect sense - add some basic PP techniques to remove or reduce speckled skin and any hot spots and you are way better off. In terms of PP techniques, even with no flash, assuming you shoot raw, just using a radial filter on the face to brighten the face by 2/3rds of a stop does wonders - it is almost like free fill-flash.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/s6sJie backlit
For example, take the picture that was posted above, I downloaded it, put a radial filter over the child's face that lightened it by 1-stop and then another larger radial filter around the child's entire body to lighten it by another 1/4 stop (to blend the image better with the background). I did this in 10 seconds in LR (I will take it down if the poster has an issue) - I would clearly take more time if this was a client image to make it blend better.
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Similarly, I did a very last minute 30 minute wedding shoot for my partner the other day when the client last minute decided they wanted some very quick ceremony pictures. I walked into the room and the ceremony was going to be completely back lit with bright windows. All I did was point my 600EX-rt flash straight up into my Rogue Flashbender that was bent towards the couple. The window light metered using my 5D3 with spot metering with a 24-70 @ F4.5, 1/125 at ISO 160 - the couple themselves were between 3 to 4 stops higher - if I shot at ISO 2000 the windows would be completely blown. With the flash bounced into the Rogue Flash Bender, they each had a very slight hot spot on their faces which was easy to reduce in LR / PS. I'm a big believer in the Rogue Flash Bender - it is so easy and perfect when combined with minimal LR / PS skills. Their cloths do have that hard flashed look to them but the alternative choice, given the available prep time, was either blown windows or picking a middle ISO that wouldn't work for any part of the image.
(image with LR Radial filter over child's face with +1 stop)IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/spNhJP april_25_group-3
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Hockey and wedding photographer. Favourite camera / lens combos: a 1DX II with a Tamron 45 1.8 VC, an A7Rii with a Canon 24-70F2.8L II, and a 5DSR with a Tamron 85 1.8 VC. Every lens I own I strongly recommend [Canon (35Lii, 100L Macro, 24-70F2.8ii, 70-200F2.8ii, 100-400Lii), Tamron (45 1.8, 85 1.8), Sigma 24-105]. If there are better lenses out there let me know because I haven't found them.