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Photography is a subjective field, and all photographers are entitled to their own opinion, but there’s one thing that we all can agree on, the Sun is enormous. The sun is on average 900 trillion times* bigger than your everyday pocket strobe, and at least that much more powerful. So how do you overpower such a powerful light source?

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HOW TO GET BEAUTIFUL COLORS IN THE SKY

The biggest reason why you would want to overpower the Sun is so that you can see the beautiful canvas mother nature painted for you in your photos. Usually when you try to take a picture of your subject against the sky, you’re either going to get an exposure for the sky and a silhouette of your subject, or get an exposure for our subject but a blown out sky.

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MORE POWER

The trick here is to expose for the sky, then use your flash to fill in light so your subjects aren’t silhouettes. In most cases, when the sun is highest in the sky, you may need more than 1 pocket strobe to get the right exposure.

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In this scene, we’re using 2 Phottix Mitros+ to get our subjects to the proper exposure. With that perfect balance of ambient sky and flash power, we’re able to get extraordinary sunset portraits of our couple.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Atish Solanki

    Hello i have one question. Iam investing on sigma art lens just wanted to know should i invest on 35mm or 50mm for portraits and couple shoot and  weeding shoot. I see you are  using 35mm Art 

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  2. lassie Brian

    you showed me one trik that I always failed to do right, your tuts and photos are, voo voo voo MAGIC

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Lighting 201