Monday, January 14, 2013
Flash In The Landscape
There’s a magic quality to the light right before the sun crests the horizon at sunrise and just after it sinks below at sunset
There's a magic quality to the light right before the sun crests the horizon at sunrise and just after it sinks below at sunset. If the subject is front- or side-lit by this gorgeous glow of color, detail can be recorded. But if you want to record the subject against this gorgeous backdrop, it falls into silhouette. If you need to reveal detail in the subject, it's necessary to add artificial light. Today's hot shoe flashes are portable, powerful and the light of my choice. To make the image work, it's necessary to balance the amount of light emitted from the flash with the amount of ambient light in the sky. It's essential the flash can be dialed up or down from the ambient light meter reading. The amount depends on the effect you desire and the chosen f-stop at which the image is made. The smaller the f-stop, the more you'll tax the capability of the flash to emit enough light.
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