How to Balance the Light in Photography

Balancing the light is the struggle that every photographer has. It is so easy to have a picture set up just right, but have the sky over exposed, the subject too dark, or the subject too bright. This is why it is important to balance the light.

Balance the light on the sky

In the picture above, I balanced the light on the sky and background. In doing this, the subject is made very dark.

Balance the light on the subject

In the picture above, I have the light balanced on the subject. Having the light balanced on the subject makes the sky blown out. So what to do?

Balance the light on the background. That’s right. Set your settings so the sky and background is well exposed. Then use a flash on your subject. This will balance the light on both the background and the subject.

Balance the Light