|Shutter Speed: 1/200 second|
|Shutter Speed: 1/125 second|
|Shutter Speed: 1/40 second|
|Shutter Speed: 1/6 second|
|Shutter Speed: 0.4 second|
Again at 0.4 seconds, which is what the camera calculated as the "correct" ambient light exposure.
|Shutter Speed: 0.6 second|
And again at 0.6 seconds. I could keep cranking up the ambient exposure but I think you are starting to see the point of the exercise. I hope that you can see that the idea of proper exposure is quite different when working with flashes. As long as the subject, the cameras in this case, are properly exposed, the background exposure can be anything you want it to be.
If you decide to try this exercise out on your own be sure to set the subject in an area that is less exposed to the ambient light than the background. Place it in a "shaded" area if you want to think about it that way. Doing this prevents the ambient light from over-exposing the subject as you open up the shutter. This concept works just the same outdoors where you have to compete with the sun. Also please check out the Lighting 102 course by David Hobby here.
Below is a photo of the basic lighting setup that I used for this exercise. I originally had the curtains opened during my first attempt, an instruction that I missed in the L102 course, and had to redo the exercise. Hopefully you can learn from my mistake.
If you have been following my blog you may be confused on why this post wasn't about working outdoors. In last week's post I explained the difficulties of working outdoors in Michigan during December. In fact, the high daytime temperatures are struggling to get above freezing, and there is 6-inches of snow on the ground now. This does not mean that I'm blowing off the two exercises dealing with balancing flash with the sun. Instead I have something special planned for these two outdoor exercises that won't require me to suffer out in the cold. This "something special" is going to take a little bit of time, and with the holidays quickly approaching, there is going to be a small lag in the posts. Look for the post on these exercises shortly after the New Year.
Until then, thank you again for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.