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Balancing Light

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I've always loved the challenge of balancing strobes (or flashes) with natural light. It's difficult and often problematic to combine strobe light, which is balanced to pure daylight (which is about 5200k) with indoor tungsten lights or morning or evening light.

And it's not just the light temperature you have to balance, you must also try to complement or compete with the exposure of the environment. In this case, I wanted the light from the natural room to remain natural as the eye sees it. However, if I were to shoot with just the natural light (even with a super wide aperture) I would have terrible shadows on the subject, especially around the eyes which is the worst case for shadows.

I use strobes a lot, probably more than I need to. Mainly because I want to eliminate eyeshadows but also that I want to shape the light around the face as well as in the environment. Using strobes are difficult and intimidating to work with at first, but once you get to know how light from strobes behave, it will be one of the most important tools in your kit.

This is The White Buffalo (Jake Smith).

Born in Oregon in 1975, and raised in California, Jake grew up listening to country music and punk rock. He studied history at university. The largest influences on his songwriting are folk singers such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

A baritone, Smith is known for his wide range in pitch within his singing, incorporation of whistling into his music (in place of the harmonica often used in roots music) and his lyrical references to God and war. His singing style has been compared[4] to that of late singer-songwriter Richie Havens.

Over the past few years, White Buffalo has played shows both nationally and internationally with acts like Ryan Bingham, Donavan Frankenreiter, Gomez, Xavier Rudd, State Radio, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, among many others.

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