I've read through Strobist, Joe McNally's books, Zach Arias, taken Creative Live courses......and I just don't get flash still!
I can't figure out how to light a portrait inside at night. The set up is a dark living room (one lamp). I have a flash, shoot through umbrella, and trigger. I want to know
a) how to use the umbrella for a portrait in a darker room
b) how to use the flash just to add more light to the room but have it look natural.
In all the flash courses and books they say to find your ambient exposure. There is my first problem, the room is so dark to get an ambient exposure I would have to have my shutter speed too low and my ISO too high.....which is the reason I want to add some flash.