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Case Study: Mixing flash and ambient light / using multiple strobes

While this image is one of my more popular images, it is also great example of mixing external ambient light with your portable strobes. So today, I’m going to reveal how it was made:

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ISO 800; F8.0; 1/200sec at 28mm

Here we used three flashes with amber gels affixed to two of them. All three were connected wirelessly with TTL mode enabled on separate channels.

The light that illuminates the bride’s face is coming from the window so I set my exposure from the window area.

  • The first flash is gelled and set to the 105mm zoom setting while pointing next to the model at seat level.
  • The second flash is also gelled and zoomed to 85mm while pointing to the ceiling where the groom is sitting.
  • The third flash is bouncing behind my back to create the overall fill. It is not gelled since it is bounced off the colored wall, which reflects warm and pleasant light.

Again, please note that each flash is on a separate channel allowing me to control them separately.

The trick with working with multiple flashes is to test them one by one. This will give you a much better understanding of how they play with each other.

I hope this is helpful! If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a note in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to answer.

 

~Michael

 

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