We’ve had a few tutorials showing how to balance strobes and ambient light. Usually we focus on a how the exposure work, adding a strobe, and then knocking 2 stops off the exposure.
In this video Manny Ortiz, does it all without dealing with calculating exposure. (Manny is also not using a light meter). Instead, Manny works his way through chimping the camera, which (at least for one light) may be a faster process.
Step 1: turn the flash off and the camera to manual. Measure for the ambient and drop a stop (for a cool look) or two (for a more dramatic look). When you lower the exposure do it by increasing the shutter speed. If you change the aperture, this will impact the flash output.
Step 2: turn the flash on and take a first photo. Then start with a low flash settings and slowly increase the flash power till you have the subject at the right exposure.
Here is our usual comparisson:
This is possible since the AD600 supports HSS which allows it to shoot at very high shutter speeds. If you are using a strobe/camera that do not support HSS, you knock the exposure down by closing the aperture. You would lose both the great bokeh and will have to set the flash to use more power. (aperture impacts both ambient and flash)