Let it glow

Bal­ance the light from a favourite light-up toy, model or even a glow­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ment with the light from a flash, for per­fect ex­po­sures

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When some­thing’s too dark, sim­ply pop a trusty flash­gun on your Nikon and it be­comes well-ex­posed, right? Well, not al­ways. We hope that the se­ries so far has helped you to feel pretty con­fi­dent about get­ting good ex­po­sures with your flash­gun, which you can use in many in­stances. But if you’re shoot­ing an ob­ject with its own light source, there’s a lit­tle more to think about than usual.

When pho­tograph­ing sub­jects that light up them­selves, it can be easy to run into all sorts of prob­lems. One of the pit­falls you need to avoid is de­stroy­ing the light of the sub­ject in favour of brightly ex­pos­ing the im­age with flash light. Here we’ll show you how you can bal­ance the am­bi­ence and the in­ter­est of

One of the pit­falls you need to avoid is de­stroy­ing the light of the sub­ject

the sub­ject that’s lit up with the power of the flash light, for a bril­liantly ex­posed pho­to­graph.

We went to the Odeon cinema in We­ston-su­per-Mare to shoot the orig­i­nal, and still func­tion­ing, 1930s Comp­ton the­atre pipe or­gan. The or­gan is en­veloped in cas­cad­ing, colour-chang­ing lights that look beau­ti­ful to the naked eye but make it dif­fi­cult to bal­ance the ex­po­sure of the flash and am­bi­ent light.

If you can’t get to We­ston, you can ap­ply this tech­nique to any sub­ject you’re pho­tograph­ing that lights up, in­clud­ing toys, mod­els and light­ing fix­tures. Let’s see what we need to do…

Teach Your­self Flash Part 10

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