Follow these four tips when mixing natural light with strobes

Sep 7, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Follow these four tips when mixing natural light with strobes

Sep 7, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Shooting in bright sunlight can be tricky, even though there are ways to make fantastic photos using nothing but natural light. Still, you may need to add some strobes to even out the light, and there are some tricks that will make it look more natural and appealing. In this video, Dan and Sally Watson host Miguel Quiles, who shares four helpful tips for everyone who want to mix strobes with sunlight.

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  1. Ambient exposure: take the first shot just to figure out what the ambient lighting is going to be. Turn off all of the lights and properly expose the background. Then turn on your flash and dial it up or down to properly expose the model
  2. Light distance: play around with the distance of light to your subject. If you want the light to spread across the scene and fall off gradually, place your flash further away from the subject. This type of lighting balances better with the ambient light and makes the image look more natural
  3. Light height: in addition to the distance, you also have to consider the height of the light. Lifting the light higher makes it look more like the sun is lighting your model, so, once again, the image will appear more natural to the viewer.
  4. Light. Just in case: the final tip from Miguel is to always have a light handy. Depending on the location and the lighting conditions, you may not need the additional light at all. However, as day goes by, and if the weather conditions or your location change, you may need to incorporate the additional light to your shots. This is why it’s good to always have a light around. You never know.

Make sure to watch the whole video for some beautiful photos Miguel shot while combining strobes with sunlight. And in case you prefer shooting only in natural light, then check out these four tips from Dan and Sally.

[Mixing Flash & Natural Light Photography Tips with Miguel Quiles | Dan Watson]

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2 responses to “Follow these four tips when mixing natural light with strobes”

  1. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    I’ve been using balanced flash outdoors for years.

  2. Nadhiya Avatar
    Nadhiya

    Light is the main factor which impacts the quality of the image. For professional photographers this article will be very useful since it explains the mixing of natural light with the strobes. In Chennai one of the best photographers for wedding is Wedid photography https://www.wedid.in/ .