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Balancing Strobes with Daylight – Another Useful BTS Video by Jay P. Morgan “The Slanted Lens”

Posted on November 23, 2011 in Photography, Tips

Balancing Strobes with Daylight – Another Useful BTS Video by Jay P. Morgan “The Slanted Lens”

Here’s another educational and useful behind-the-scene video by Jay P. Morgan “The Slanted Lens“. In this video, he shows us how to balance strobes with daylight. When shooting on location, it’s always good to use ambient light, sun or Shade, as one of your light sources in the scene, and then bring in strobes to make that light more interesting. If you’re not so sure on how to incorporate ambient light with your strobes, check out this video.

I use a low ISO and then pick an aperture based on how much I want in focus and how much power I can get from the strobes. If my strobes can give me f8 then I know that I need to adjust my shutter speed up and down to balance the sun light with the strobes at F8. The strobe is constant so the aperture is constant but the sun is changing so my shutter speed will be changing. This is a successful process that allows for the constant changing of the sun. If I want the sun as the rim light then I will lengthen the shutter speed to allow the sun to be one stop brighter than my strobes. With practice this process will make more sense and become very intuitive. This was a great shoot that we did out at Universal Studios Backlot that illustrates this principle.

Oh, by the way, no one really got fired in making this video…

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