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...

lighting for on-location photo sessions – pick your battles

lighting for on-location photo sessions - pick your battles

When doing a photo session with a couple on location, I mix up the lighting as needed. With some photo sessions I may: - shoot available light only; - or I may decide with a photo session to use direct on-camera flash, with some sequences available light only; or - with some photo sessions I use  Read more inside...

combining flash and ambient light

combining flash and ambient light

Going by the emails that I receive, one of the areas that many photographers struggle with is that of combining ambient exposure and flash exposure.  This question  is also expressed in other ways.  It can be a frustrated, "where do we even start?"  I also often see it expressed as an involved step-by-step deconstruction of technique,  Read more inside...

Janine vN – using a beauty dish

My daughter, Janine.  She turned 16 in September, and I have so very few recent images of her.  None of which are of professional quality.  So I cajoled her into this, since we're snowed in this afternoon ..  and she loved the results. "Facebook profile photo FTW!"

portrait session, using a beauty dish

The image is straight out of camera, aside from healing brush on  Read more inside...