58. Flash and natural light

When working on location, one has to be prepared to deal with the elements such as changing light, cold conditions and busy backgrounds.

To overcome these problems, one has to be totally familiar with equipment and technical elements such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

By skilfully combining all these, Karl shoots a more enigmatic and alluring image by balancing the portable flash lighting perfectly with daylight to produce a series of stunning black and white images.

In this portrait photography class we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography: Photographing on location
  • How to use studio flash on location
  • Black and white portrait photography
  • Studio lighting modifiers for working on location
  • Balancing shutter speed, aperture and flash

To learn more about how to convert images to black and white, make sure to visit our Post Production section.

NOTE: This course is available with English subtitles


  1. Can you tell me something about Aperture and Speed to each picture? Whitch ISO did you choose?

    Regards Sascha

  2. I hope she was paid well for freezing and have difficulty in those spike heels in the forest. Nice results though.

    1. Hi Tony, she was paid very well and was also one of the hardest working models. She was as keen to make great shots as we were!

  3. Thank you Karl. You have given me some ideas. I would love to see pics with just the Natural Light vs Natural Light + Flash for comparison. I shoot predominantly in natural light only as its obviously much easier.. and am always looking for a way to minimize equipment.

  4. black & white are great. love the set up . were only using 16-35 lens you said your were changing lens ? great work again Karl and model
    thanks frank garvan

  5. Hi Karl,
    How do you get the light to travel so far through the soft, i seem to struggle unless fairly close what flash power do you use and also ur camera settings.

    1. Hi Rich, I was shooting these at quite a large aperture to keep the background soft, probably f2.8 or about that. The flash units I was using had up to 800Joules of power so it would have been easy to get enough light and i’m pretty sure I was using them on less than power 10, so for example power 9 would have been 400J, power 8 would have been 200J.


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