Shooting outdoors during the day has its own set of challenges, and shooting with a strobe can also be tricky if you’ve never used one before. In this video, Craig Beckta shows us an easy way to combine both types of lighting for a well lit portrait while also using a neutral density (ND) filter:
Beckta uses a 3-stop ND filter, which allows him to shoot outdoors in the middle of the day using a wider aperture setting. He gives us simple steps to take before starting to shoot with ambient light and a strobe combined.
1. Meter the Background
First take a test shot of the background without the strobe. Either use a light meter or use your camera to check the histogram and make sure your highlights aren’t blown out.
2. Meter the Strobe
Have your subject hold a light meter and take a test shot with a strobe. A light meter is more accurate for checking the strength of your strobe.
3. Check Your Exposure
If your test shots were exposed properly and your highlights aren’t over-exposed, you can begin your shoot.
Beckta shot with an ND filter using these settings:
- ISO 64
- 1/60 of a second
Get outside and give it a try!
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