Low light

The EOS-1Ds Mark III has opened up possibilities of photographing with professional results in low light that were previously unavailable. This is particularly true when you combine using your Speedlite with the Canon L-series primes, and shoot toward the wide end of the aperture.

In low light, there are several questions that you need to ask:

♦ Is there enough exposure to take advantage of the interior ambience and use the flash as fill light?

6.8 This is an example of using your Speedlite as fill flash to supplement attractive though low-level available light. 430EX Speedlite, ISO 800, 24-70mm 2.8L lens at 70mm, 1/125 second at f/3.5.

♦ Once exposure has been determined, is the available light attractive? Some low-light scenes are gorgeous, while others don't help at all. Your eyes and experience will be your main guides, and if necessary, test images will reveal how the light is looking.

♦ What are the walls and ceiling like? This has a great deal of influence on what techniques and modifiers you'll use.

For me, white walls and ceilings usually mean that I use the Lightsphere or off-camera bounce. Off-colored walls and ceilings might do better with the Big Bounce, as that modifier is pointing straight at the subject rather than off walls and ceilings. Every situation is different, which is one of the challenges and joys of working with Speedlites as well as mixing flash with ambient light.

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