Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Flash and white balance, part of Foundations of Photography: Flash.
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…If you don't already know what I mean when I use the term white balance,…then you should go watch the white balance…sections of my Foundations of Photography Exposure course.…Your flash produces light with a particular color temperature,…this is probably a much cooler, bluer light than…the ambient light that you are typically going to be…shooting in when you are working especially in low light.…That means that your subjects will be lit with a very blue…bright light while your background will probably have a strong orange or…red cast.…Now, there's often nothing wrong with that discrepancy but if you'd like the…color qualities to better match, then you're going to need to take some action.…
If you're shooting in raw format then your raw converter software might…let you adjust the white balance of your foreground and background separately.…For example the last few versions of Adobe Camera Raw have allowed…you to brush different white balances into different parts of an image.…However, you can also solve this problem by…
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