Blending Natural Light and Flash Together

The technique of 'Balanced light fill-in-flash' is a hugely popular form of wide angle underwater photography and these kinds of images are popular throughout this book and every magazine that depicts the underwater world. In essence you record the background in much the same way as the human eye sees it. Then, you simply paint in the foreground colour of the reef. Jacques Cousteau once called it

Painting with light using a kiss of flash.

It's not a difficult technique to master but there are a number of pitfalls to avoid if you want to get this technique down to a 'fine art'. Fig 6.52 is a typical example of blending flash and natural light together but I want to move on to more challenging mixed-lighting scenarios, which the majority of photographers have difficulty with.

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