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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.