Flash Photography Tutorial : How to Balance a Flash Outdoors



In this Off Camera Flash Photography Tutorial for Beginners, we take flash photography outside with Godox flash and Sony cameras. This how to guide will help strobists master outdoor flash photography. Unlike using off camera flash indoors,when outside you are restricted by the environment. It’s important to look at the ambient light as one layer, and flash as an additional layer. So the best method is to get the ambient light just how you like, and then add in flash to personal taste.
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Flash Photography Tutorial
This series of videos is designed to help off-camera flash beginners quickly advance to lighting with purpose. First, this series assumes you have an understanding of the exposure triangle, and are capable of controlling your camera in Manual mode. While it’s possible to use flash with semi-automatic modes, I think it’s a requirement to understand lighting in manual mode if you want to take control of all aspects of your images. This series is broken down into short, easy-to-digest lessons that progress you from balancing a single light, to using multiple lights outdoors to drive home the story in your image.

– SERIES PLAYLIST LINK –

-SERIES VIDEO LIST-
Balancing Flash Exposure : https://youtu.be/JB3NhpZ5wa4
Balancing Flash Exposure Outdoors: You are Here
Light Modifier Selection: https://youtu.be/1MetpNeY6r8
Quality of Light: https://youtu.be/djjI0WWpJ4Q
Direction of Light: https://youtu.be/kfWyIl8vb0s
Using Quality and Direction to Control Light Patterns: https://youtu.be/zrd3MVRQofQ
Using Color Correction Gels: https://youtu.be/xiuECJ3-crc
Light Meter Basics : https://youtu.be/7I998hpvzoc
Balancing Multiple Lights: https://youtu.be/oXZC-qTdIlM
Matching Fluorescent Lights with color correction gels: https://youtu.be/aAH2DhlYNyU
Inverse Color effects with color correction gels: https://youtu.be/serU9DiBVBs
Bringing it All Together Outside: https://youtu.be/Hm8Nzh0ThsM
Using Light to Enhance Storytelling:
Selecting Flash Equipment:

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49 thoughts on “Flash Photography Tutorial : How to Balance a Flash Outdoors

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    A very good tutorial for balancing flash outdoors with regards to exposure. Though I'm curious about how you would set the white balance in a scenario like this? I note that it's an overcast day and generally, the colour temperature of flash is closer to sunny light conditions than overcast. So would you set the WB for the main subject (illuminated by the flash) or the background which is dominated by the overcast conditions? Or would you set the WB somewhere in between the two light sources to balance it out?

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    I've been doing landscape and natural light portrait photography for years. I finally got a flash trigger and the ad200pro for outdoor portrait/fashion photography. And these videos are a great help to learn a new skill set in the world of photography.

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Thanks a lot, i search googled for how to use flash without a light meter and found this is what i need 🙂

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    By adjusting your aperture you also affected your background sharpness. Not a problem if you’re going to totally black background, or you don’t care about a soft background. It’s better to use shutter speed to adjust ambient.

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    was looking for an hour how to set it up as i never used flash and came across many useless videos, then bam and i found this, all clear now 😀

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Sorry for the silly question … does it also work to change 1 stop of ISO for 1 of flash? is there an aesthetic difference beyond the question of depth of field and noise?

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    You videos are very good, there isnt too much waffle, they arent too long and they are easy to follow. Having just purchased my 1st flash head and light meter your vidoes have been a great help. Thanks.

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Sorry, I love your work Rob, reviews and stuff is great, but here this video just makes little sense to me. I'm from Australia where we deal (more often than not) with extreme dynamic outdoor light days. Cloudless skies etc, harsh shadow lines. Here… in your video you've picked what looks like an over cast day to do some outdoor flash work, you can tell as you're talking to the camera, if you look at the model there is no real harsh shadow lighting coming from her at all, in fact the subject has some beautiful natural shadow lines falling on her face from the diffused sun already! Perfect natural light portrait daylight! Using flash here makes little sense and really is just ruining the shot.
    You started off with the background already too dark, then further darkened it?!… at most with this kinda shot you want your flash to be more fill light than key… it just looked very.. 'unbalanced'.
    I think you can do better and you know it.

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Thank you for this video , I am a quite confused since I thought that ambient /background light was controlled by shutter speed while aperture was changing the flash lighting on the subject . Thx for your feedback on this .

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Hey Robert thanks for the video… I just wanna ask your what's the best softbox for weeding photography. Please answer my question. Thank you so much

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Thank you for the video. Just subscribed. It was straight forward and very clear. You didn't wasted your viewers attention with an endless irrelevant introduction like many youtubers. I really appreciate. Thank you.

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    This is good but I would have liked a little more depth on why did you chose iso/and shutter speed. Otherwise is was straight forward.

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    This was well explained in such a short time vs other photographers. Can you do a part ii with HSS and contrast the difference?

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    Robert if you wanted to darken your background why not increase your speed instead of closing your lens if you already are above your sync speed? Got me on that one…………In the studio I can see that but outside. . . . . ????

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    sometimes practice gives you the light bulb where everything clicks, but Sometimes all you need is a video…thanks man you just helped me a ton lol

  • July 21, 2020 at 22:13
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    I thought that shutter speed controls ambient (background) brightness while aperture controls the flash exposure.

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