Tim and I attended an online workshop this weekend that was AMAZING! I learned a lot. Of course Tim already knew most all of it, but I needed practical experience. We took our most powerful flash and our portable flashes into the backyard to see what we (I) could do. It was a cloudy grey evening around 5:45 when we started shooting. The purpose was to get light on the subject while getting a dramatic sky in the background. The Problem: If you expose for the subject, the sky just looks white; if you expose for the sky, your subject it too dark to see. The trick: you have to have a pretty dark sky or a mega flash to overpower it. So this is our mega flash and the before and after:
The technical mumbo jumbo is to make your flash go one f--stop higher than the background or more. We used our camera meter to get the f-stop of the sky and a light meter to get the f-stop of the flash. We also wanted to see if the speedlight (baby flash) had enough power to overload the sky at that time so we trampled out into the yard to get that wilderness look. We had just enough power to pull this off:
Then Tim taught me what both of the flashes together would do. Don't you just love the lens flair?!
Yes, I did just prove I am married to the most handsome man in the world.
Thankfully he thinks I'm cute too. I just wish he wouldn't get such a kick out of my transparent ears! LOL that was his favorite shot. I suppose I should be proud they have been passed down for generations. ;) (don't worry he won't do that to someone who pays him HA!)
The last 3 shots Tim showed me that light is so controllable you can even get studio pictures in the bright backyard; all these shots were taken minutes from each other. By the way. thanks for the hair pin April!
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