Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Balancing flash and window light, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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When you first start using a flash.…It's really easy to fall into, this is great I have got a flash.…I can really just do all the lighting that I need with my flash.…And while the flash is a really valuable tool.…It's the rare flash shot that's going to better than our…really nice window light, particularly a nice window light like this.…This window's covered with diffusion, it's…creating this beautiful soft light in here.…When you walk into a situation where there's…already a light source, rather than ignoring it and…jumping right into using your flash, it's a good…idea to start by looking at the scene, seeing…what light is there and seeing if flash is necessary.…
What it could add to the scene, What it could take away from the scene.…How you might mix it with normal light.…I need to shoot a picture of Ashley here.…In a, kind of more office corporate environment.…And walking into this room the real dominant feature are these beautiful…soft light windows.…So I want to start by using this light source.…I'm going to try and use this as my key light here.…
Fortunately, it isn't difficult to get great results from flash, and in this course, photographer, author, and teacher Ben Long details the concepts and techniques behind effective lighting with flash. Ben starts with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in other installments of Foundations of Photography—simple techniques that improve the results from a camera's built-in flash. He then focuses on fill flash techniques and on using flash as a key light. The course also explores topics ranging from bouncing and syncing flash to shooting with one or more off-camera flash units.
- How flash works
- Balancing ambient light and flash
- Understanding flash ranges and modes
- When to use fill flash
- Using an external flash
- Bouncing flash to improve light
- Building up multiple flash images
- Purchasing a flash