Every time you take a flash photo, you are making two exposures simultaneously: an exposure of the ambient light and an exposure of the flash’s light.

ELENA RAMOGNINO E MARTIN IVANO in a wood with a very strong ambient light.

In many situations, automatic exposure systems in modern cameras work quite well.

Most photographers find this to be challenging. So the camera’s ability to properly expose both the up subject and the ambient comes as a goal.

When you use a camera’s automation the problem is that you can lose control. An “intelligent camera” can seduce you because seems to solve these problems for you. There will be a problem only to find that the results aren’t exactly what you expected.

To be a master of the medium you have to study and to know many things about this argument.


Learning to control the amount of light affects the quality and beauty of a photo. That is why you should take an interest in your exposures. Concerning the fact that you have to imply the balance between the atmosphere and the flash. Ambient light and flash do different things, and for sure have distinct attributes.

Talking about ambient lighting and flash settings, the first one is generally the dominant light source. (Except if you’re overpowering the sun with a flash). In both cases, you’ll probably want to set your camera’s white balance to daylight. In this way, the colour temperature of both fonts will match. You can find more on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uS3e9Pty88.

Flash can be very intimidating. Being afraid of flash can hold people back from shooting with only the most available light. Once you realize how easy it is to balance ambient light and flash, you will have the ability to rapidly and easily create a whole host of lighting effects. You can also free yourself from the limitations of ambient conditions.


Ambient light helps illuminate the general scene. While flash strobe is fundamental when you want to illuminate particular areas of the image and can even also freeze the movement. When you blend flash and ambient light, there are two ways to work. You can choose manual exposure mode with manual flash or TTL (Through-The-Lens) metering with a matching camera and flash system.

With a powerful enough flash, you can create a beam of light in order to fill the photograph or to reduce shadows in an image. You can use the sun as a backlight, or you can choose to use it as an ambient light to keep some details sharp within the image. All of these techniques are possible only by using flash and ambient light at the same time.  The real secret is to learn how to balance both.

Ambient light and flash mixed together in a shooting.

By using sunlight only, the only option is about the actual lighting conditions. In fact, it can depend on anything from overcast skies to harsh midday sunlight. It can change from one moment to the next without any warning, affecting the realization of your shoot or footage.

In most scenarios, ambient light is the main source and in fact gives most of the illumination in a scene, through the use of flash you add extra light where it is required. Having both creative options makes the incorporation of flash to your ambient pictures so engaging. Take a look at https://www.iso1200.com/2018/10/overpower-sun-take-stunning-outdoor.html.

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