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How to balance Ambient and Strobes on Location

 
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Nov 10, 2010 02:29 |  #1

Hello Everyone,

I have been recently doing studio work and understand the concept behind using the light meter and metering my strobes; however, I did a location shoot recently and noticed that it was hard balancing ambient and the strobes at the same time.

How does one meter ambient light and strobe light to balance in harmony? Please educate me on this topic. THank you!




  
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Nov 10, 2010 02:33 |  #2

Expose for the background and then light your subject to taste.

Just be aware that to fight daylight, you'll need to bring a pretty good batch of lumens with you!


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Nov 10, 2010 02:44 |  #3

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #11257425 (external link)
Expose for the background and then light your subject to taste.

Just be aware that to fight daylight, you'll need to bring a pretty good batch of lumens with you!

I watched a tutorial on YouTube and the photographer mentioned to take a reading in ambient ex: using 1/125th shutter, then meter your strobes until it gives the same reading from your ambient light.

Also, when you say expose for the background. What do you mean by that. Sorry still getting the hang of things and thank you for the tip




  
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Nov 10, 2010 02:52 |  #4

icarus57 wrote in post #11257459 (external link)
I watched a tutorial on YouTube and the photographer mentioned to take a reading in ambient ex: using 1/125th shutter, then meter your strobes until it gives the same reading from your ambient light.

Also, when you say expose for the background. What do you mean by that. Sorry still getting the hang of things and thank you for the tip

With off camera flash (unless you're using PW Flex) you need to stay within your camera's max sync speed so 1/125 is a good shutter speed to use. Remember that shutter dictates the amount of ambient light you'll get so set that accordingly.

What I do is simply shoot the scene minus the flash until I like what I see in reference to the background and then add and meter the flash to balance or even slightly overpower the background if possible.

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Nov 10, 2010 08:48 |  #5

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #11257477 (external link)
With off camera flash (unless you're using PW Flex) you need to stay within your camera's max sync speed so 1/125 is a good shutter speed to use. Remember that shutter dictates the amount of ambient light you'll get so set that accordingly.

Can someone elaborate more on the concept of "max sync speed?" I'm trying to get better with my 430ex and shooting in manual mode, but don't quite understand sync speed in relation to flash and camera.

Thanks!


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Nov 10, 2010 08:53 |  #6

kyle_4375 wrote in post #11258388 (external link)
Can someone elaborate more on the concept of "max sync speed?" I'm trying to get better with my 430ex and shooting in manual mode, but don't quite understand sync speed in relation to flash and camera.

Thanks!

watch this video http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=hvZ6VujbhjM (external link)




  
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Nov 10, 2010 08:56 |  #7

Goto www.lightenupandshoot.​com (external link) and get all the information you need in a fun way.


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Nov 10, 2010 21:47 |  #8

Thanks, that's a great video...very informative!


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