Tag Archives: balance


Balancing flash and ambient, part 2, people


In the previous entry I tried to explain how to balance the ambient light with flash, and it mostly revolved around birds. In this second discussion, I will elaborate on how to manage your flash effectively for portraits and kids. As you may know, I am a great advocate of the flash, and I also understand that it scares a lot of people. Using your flash should really be as easy as using your camera, but you NEED to understand a few fundamentals, how to balance the light so the flash does not look like flash. You need to get […]

Balancing flash and ambient (Part1, birds)


Arguably, flash will add a tremendous amount of “pop” to your photographs, but if you are not careful, it can also destroy your work. I will try and explain how to do this, in 2 sections (Part 1, birds and Part 2, people/ pets/ kids), but the principles are really the same though. You just have to balance the flashes output to that of the ambient. When using flash, you have 2 options, use flash as fill or use flash as the dominant light. For the type of photography I do I mostly prefer to use fill flash, and I […]