Christopher Grey: Mixing Strobe and Ambient Light

© 2012 Christopher Grey

© 2012 Christopher Grey

Sekonic’s resident lighting expert Christopher Grey takes you through working with ambient light and strobe simultaneously in his article entitled “Dragging the Shutter.”

First, he uses a wall sconce to warm up and add depth to the background of an on-location portrait. He then uses window light to add some warmth and softness to a portrait lit by a softbox and reflector. Finally, he takes the dragging the shutter idea to the extreme, using flash to freeze the action while taking advantage of a long shutter speed to add some motion blur effects.

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