Indoor Reception – Bright Daylight/Ambient Mix | Pinning With Gridded Flash

In a scene in which bright daylight is coming through the windows and mixing with the ambient lights in the room, you will need to decide which course of action to take to balance or overpower the mixed lighting. One way to handle this situation is pinning light with a gridded flash.

Here are the steps and considerations for balancing mixed lighting by pinning light with a gridded flash:

  1. Shoot from the shadows: Frame and compose
  2. Expose for desired ambiance
  3. Find existing light direction
  4. Add controlled light via grid/zoom
    1. Constant = flash 1/16 to 1/32
  5. Analyze histogram/highlight alert