…but enough sun to shoot outdoors. So here was the outside today, in an Ontario that is still devoid of leaves:
Exposed for the background, that is 100 ISO, 1/250 sec, f/7.1.
Uh uh: obviously that does not work. What is the solution?
There are at least two solutions I could choose.
First I could brighten it all. There are many photographers who only do this and it is not a bad solution. It leads to images like:
That is not bad, but what if I wanted to see the background darker? I like to make my subjects the bright pixels. Bright pixels is where it’s crisp and clear.
So the other solution, and you knew it: use a flash. If I shoot into an umbrella, I can get the flash close enough at half power to achieve this:
And that is how I do it.
Notes for this: I used an umbrella to shoot into. Using pocketwizards, I fired a 580EX flash at half to full power (I usually avoid going over half). I used a sandbag on the light stand, but even then it can blow over.
100 ISO, 1/250 sec, f/8.
Why did I go direct? Because in an open field, an umbrella would be blown over even with a sandbag on the light stand. Sometimes it is that simple!
And as said here before: direct, unmodified flash is fine, as long as it is nowhere near the camera!