56. Backlighting sun and flash

In this exciting location shoot Karl produces two different styles of images from the same spot, demonstrating the versatility of mobile lithium lighting and choosing the right lens.


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  1. Hi Karl,
    what is the white balance when you shoot in sun ?
    I noticed when shooting with flash in golden light the flash looks very white on the models face.. kindly advise

    1. Hi Latesh, my white balance is almost always set at ‘daylight 5600K’ which is also the correct colour balance for flash. As I’m shooting RAW the colour balance can be adjusted later with no side effects. If trying to match the flash colour balance to either a warm scene or a cold scene then the appropriate coloured gels can be used on the flash.

  2. Dear Karl,
    I am using 85 1.2 canon
    when i shoot at 1.2 to 2.0 aperture along with flash i notice my images are blurry. i checked the eyes and most of times i see blurry eyes and shots are out of focus. i dont see this happening when i use natural light. my shutter speed is above 200 and i notice most of my shots i dont get results. when i use f4 onwards images are sharper and in focus. what could be the reason ?does flash impact in anyway ?

    1. Hi Latesh, the flash will have no impact on focusing at all. You must have another problem here where your shutter speed is being reduced and causing image blur, try your camera in manual mode on a tripod and make sure the shutter speed is within the camera’s sync speeds. Autofocus on your subject (a solid non moving object) and then switch to manual focus. Then your subject and camera are fixed and nothing will change and shoot with and without flash and then through a process of elimination you should be able to determine the problem.

  3. Hi Karl,
    I’d like to replay what I observed in this video, which brings me to the questions : When you moved to the 70-200 2.8, and fired the flashes on the side, you eliminated the 3 stop density filter – yes? This way, I am assuming that you went to about 135 mm or perhaps up to 180 mm, and were 10 or more meters away from your model. It follows then, and from the look of the depth of field in the final picture, I am guessing that you were at about f11. Correct? That’s why you had the lights up at 8.5 and 9 – because you were closed down to f11 or even f16.
    OR were you more open using high speed synch? I guess I am asking the settings…… I look forward to hearing from you – your videos are helpful, especially the small details, if studied, because it shows the nuances of how a pro works (distances, angles, etc.).

    1. Hi Matthew, yes that is correct and if it’s not mentioned in the video in the voice over or picture settings then we will have to amend this.

  4. Hi Karl,
    How do you control the spill on the floor ?
    when shooting in overcast day and you want the sky darker I notice there is light spill on the ground.. It illuminates the subject well but there is visible light on the ground as well
    how can this be controlled ?

    1. Hi Latesh, I think I mentioned it in the video or one of our post production sections. Usually I shoot a blank without the flash to merge in after or it’s just burn and dodge work.

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