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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 […]

Gel your flash to match the ambient


  I don’t often see photographers slapping on those horribly yellow gels onto their flashes, and its an elementary mistake, and I suggest, next time you do an indoor shoot with a lot of tungsten (3700K) light around, slap that gel on, also, don’t forget to set your cameras white balance to Tungsten. The Nikon gel to use is the TN-A1. When you shoot without the gel, you adding white light (5500K) to an environment of predominantly yellow light. Most likely your camera is still on auto white balance and sadly your colours will now just be a mix of […]