Balancing Ambient with Flash: Shoot like a Pro

Jon Haase, Instructor, Coach, and Photographer

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8 Videos (39m)
    • Welcome!

    • Important Theory in No Time At All

    • Balancing OCF and ambient while indoors shooting through a window

    • Balancing Two OCFs and Reducing Ambient Light

    • Edit An Image To Get The Most From It Using Google NIK

    • How To Make an Amazing Edit

    • Tying it All Together

    • Thank you!


About This Class

Balancing ambient light and flash is an art that can open a world of creative possibilities.  People needlessly struggle to master this important photography discipline.  In this course you'll learn the essentials to balance ambient with flash photography indoors. Each time you take a flash photograph, you make two exposures at the same time. You're making an exposure of the ambient light, and an exposure of the flash's light. Whether you take this into account or not, it is happening every time. The ambient exposure is controlled by the f/stop and the shutter speed.   The exposure of the flash's light is controlled only by the aperture and the flash power.  The aperture controls how much light is let through the barrel of the lens and the flash power controls how much light is coming.  Think about it, your flash fully discharge in 1/10,000 sec... at least the Paul C. Buff Einstein I use does.  That means the light is fully discharged regardless of the shutter speed.  Mixing ambient and flash to get a single, pleasing exposure is surprising easy when you learn a few, simple rules, tricks, and tips. 

Oh, one more thing! 

For those of you who are not on premium membership, here is a link to free enrollment for this class =) There are 50 free places currently.

For those of you who are not on premium membership and may be interested in upgrading to premium membership, get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99  Here is my link to use that offer


My other courses include:

Social Media Photography

Rembrandt Lighting Courses

Photo Editing

Photoshop Courses

Google NIK courses

And more.

Have a great day! =)

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I like way you share your knowledge. Waiting for next class :)





Jon Haase

Instructor, Coach, and Photographer

Why are 7,000 students enrolled in my online courses?

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  • They understand, the lessons are short and effective
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About Jon 

Jon is a coach, business owner, photography instructor with over 7,000 students who he teaches online and in person.  He's also a professional portrait photographer.  He is a passionate teacher and visual artist showcasing the beauty of life one portrait and photography class at a time.  His passion has led him from photography to instruction where he continues his vision of finding and showcasing the beauty of life.  He has published photography tutorials in Popular Photography Magazine, and Digital Photography School.  

Jon maintains a studio in Hawaii. 

You can see his work at



Jon holds an B.S. in Mechanical Engineering where he graduated with honors.  He also holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering again graduating with top marks from the James a Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.  He pursues his passion of photography and instructing all over the world.  



To create photographers who can capture the beauty of life all over the world and share it in order to make the world a more beautiful, peaceful, and understanding place.  


A world connected through images where we are sharing in the beauty life while in community.