We all love natural light photography, right? The buttery goodness of light from the Earth’s largest light source – there is nothing like it. But there are times when natural light is not enough and you need to bring in another light source to capture the look and feel you want in your image.


As a photographer, you not only need to know how to use light but when to use (additional) light. In the Adorama sponsored video below, Joe McNally shows us two different situations of the same event – one where he used off camera flash and one without. In the first image, Joe talks about being a part of the scene, in the middle of the revelry and the necessity of freezing the action with the use of flash in a technique called ‘flash and blur.’ In the other image, Joe retreated to the edge of the scene, freezing a quiet moment and using the ambient light to capture the moment without intruding.



Gear Used

Nikon D4S 16 Megapixel HD-SLR Camera Body
Nikon SB-910 TTL AF Shoe Mount Speedlight Flash
Lastolite Joe McNally Ezybox Speedlite Plus for Shoe Mount Flashes

Check out the video below:

To learn more about mastering natural light, be sure to check out the SLR Lounge Natural Light Couples Workshop DVD with hours of education on not only natural light, but planning, posing and post processing as well.

[Via ISO1200AdoramaTV on Vimeo]