The Challenge in this week's "Tuesday Tips, Capturing Santa" is balancing the strobe light, the ambient light in the sky and the holidays lights in the wagon. I shot this near my studio in South End neighborhood of Boston. The key to making this photo work, was waiting until the ambient light in the sky dropped to the point of being almost dark and matching exposure on the sky to the tungsten light in the wagon. At that point, the side of Santa's face nearest the camera was underexposed. The solution was a Speedlight on camera, the flash compensation was -1 stop with a small Rogue Flashbender. To determine my ambient light, I used the in camera meter. The exposure was ISO 400, 1/30 second at f2.8. My camera was set on manual and my strobe was set on TTL. This was not a set up shot, so I had to make the photograph in a very short period of time, like 3 frames.
It's getting cold in Boston. Stay warm for the holidays season, and Merry Christmas!