Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

This topic - balancing flash and ambient exposure - seems to one that many newer photographers struggle with. The big hurdle seems to be the basic starting point - how do you decide on the exposure for each? I'd like to explore this topic a bit with this post. The trigger for this was a question that  Read more inside...

exposure metering for a backlit subject

exposure metering for a backlit subject, using the histogram  (model - Olena)

When our subject is backlit, we have a number of options: expose for the background, and then either: -- go for a (semi) silhouette, -- add light to your subject to balance their exposure with that of the background. expose carefully for our subject, and let the background blow out.  Read more inside...

exposure metering & observing the available light (model: Aleona)

exposure metering & observing the available light

As a photographer you'll often hear instruction to just "look at the available light". Great. But this advice is also often given without clear examples of what we're actually supposed to be looking at. So let's explore that a little bit using a sequence of images of our model, Aleona, photographed during a recent  Read more inside...

exposure metering – expose for your subject !

photography exposure metering - expose for your subject

In preparation for a review of the Fuji X-100 camera, I met up with Anelisa to see how this little camera performed during an actual photo shoot. The image above was one of the photographs we ended up with. Now, there is something specific about it that I wanted to explain in a separate article, instead of it  Read more inside...

off-camera TTL flash

off-camera TTL flash

This image of Amy, one of our models at the Treehaven workshops, came up for discussion with the group of attendees. As a straight-forward on location portrait using off-camera flash, it is ideal for an overview again of how easy the ambient & flash exposure metering is. The basic approach with this portrait was to expose for the ambient  Read more inside...

photographic composition – a lesson relearned

photographic composition - finding and framing your best shot

Strolling through Green Park in London, I saw these rows of winter-barren trees. The way the snow clung to the trees and branches from the morning's snow storm, white against dark brown, gave a posterized effect already - the crazy patterns of the branches starkly etched against the white snow. I took  Read more inside...

tutorial: balancing flash with ambient exposure

tutorial: balancing flash with available light / ambient exposure

Many of the questions I get on the Tangents blog relate to balancing flash with available light, and I want to pull it all together into a single article. The questions often revolve around metering for the ambient light, and how to balance flash with the ambient light. Tied in with this, is how to  Read more inside...

Zones of Light – exposure metering using the Zone System

A recent thread on the Flick group on flash photography techniques dealt with exposure metering .. and the questions revolved around  understanding your camera's built in meter.  One of the group members, Arnold Gallardo (Zeroneg1), replied with a lucid explanation on exposure metering, relating it to the Zone System in a clear understandable way, using images from my blogs.   Read more inside...

exposure metering and adding flash

A question that came in regarding material covered in the book on flash photography techniques .. Sven Pohle asked: I am reading through your book (second time already) and have a question about metering plus adding the flash. I do meter for a white tone in my image and add +1.7 or 2 (I'm on Nikon) to my exposure. Now without flash my image is exposed correctly. But if I  Read more inside...

using the histogram to determine exposure

how to use the camera's histogram display for exposure metering

Histograms display the relative levels of the darker to brighter tones. As the histogram stands, it isn't of much direct use to us, since the tonality of the scene that was captured will dictate what the histogram shows us .. without a direct indication of whether exposure is correct. Some will say  Read more inside...