Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect
In that last video, we talked about flash and ambient light balancing for a natural effect, and for that we're exposing and being like to be brighter, and we're using less flash power, so we're being more subtle with the flash let's move on now, let's, talk about flash and ami unbalancing for a dramatic effect on our images. Well, basically, it's the exact opposite. So on this little scale, what we're doing is we're darkening down our ambient light and we're brightening up the flash power, okay? So we're using more flash and we're basically under exposing the ambient light, so we get kind of a darker and more dramatic look in the background. That's exactly what we see in these images. So take a look. Let's, talk to these images over here on the left side, we have our this is like our sinister headshot portrait where we wanted to get this kind of mme or just dark look to this image because our lovely model here, matt he's, actually an actor, and he recently played the part of scar from ...
lion king. We'll talk about this more later on, but he mentioned that he wanted to have kind of a dark cinematic portrait headshot. So what we did was they put him in this area where we could actually darkened down environment we're under a bridge we shot at one thirtieth of a second at f one point six and so two hundred that gives us our ambient light exposure we look at that we say ok that the background looks great that little kiss of life on the left side looks great now all we need to do is at our flash well because they want a more dramatic look I shot rembrandt and split lead but we shot that way so it has a very dramatic and kind of dark biba has a lot of shadow which gives a lot of dimension to that kind of duality that that kind of split personality that evil versus good typing now you can see that this image looks far more dramatic and it looks kind of like there's definitely light modification there's definitely flash added whereas when we look at some of the previous images like for example if we look over here you really don't know that this is flash you don't really know that this is flashed or that this is flash it looks like we might have had a reflector or looks like just natural light and that's the difference is that over here he's going to feel dramatic they're going to feel more punchy because they're pulling down that background exposure let's look at the next one here we're at one, two hundred of a second at five point six and is a one hundred the sun had just set behind her head again, we'll talk more about the details later on. We're balancing for, uh, cto jail, so we're balancing at thirty, six hundred kelvin so the background looks completely blue. We've darkened it down so it's nice and dark, and we add a lot of flash punch to get her to pop out notice on each one of these scenes before we add flash, the subject is almost pitch black, whereas in the previous line before we added flash, the subject just looks slightly underexposed just a little bit. Okay, so that's, how you know we're going for dramatic effect versace for very soft natural effect because the base exposure leaves the subject basically completely in the dark so with ami and flash, this is again that jailed flashes bouncing off a reflector, a silver side at five point six one eye, so one hundred probably bouncing around one half to one quarter power on this shot to get enough light onto her over here. Same thing we're bouncing. This is one, two hundred a second half to point one hundred. Same thing here. So we get that nice background shot with everyone these situations, we approach it the exact same way we would with the natural set up, we approach the scene, we decide what we want that seem to look like, so I want to look bright and natural in area with the exposure of the background or do I want to look dark? I'll take a test shot and kind of decide what I want then at our decide what I want, the background look like, I'd add my life so again, right here were bouncing off of silver, and we're sending light right in your face, which gives us this beautiful kind of dark and down sunset shots of the sunset over the desert. All right, so flash and amy and balancing for dramatic effect simply means that we're taking the ambient light down were generally going under expose ambient light, so we have lots of color and background detail, and they were taking the flash power, and we're bringing it up that's like up, I think, some of them two thumbs up for dramatic effect. All right, let's, head on in the next video.