Learning how to balance artificial light with ambient light is one of the most important and versatile skills for a portrait photographer to learn. If you are still working on that, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you a series of outdoor portraits shot using a combination of strobes and ambient light and how they were lit.
Coming to you from FJH Photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you how he lit and shot a series of outdoor portraits using both strobes and the ambient light. The reason this is such an important skill for portrait photographers to learn is because it frees you from dependence on both the timing and direction of natural light, which can be a bit of a compositional and logistical hindrance. Even more, it is a powerful creative tool. You have probably seen portraits in which there is a dramatic sunset behind the subject. If it was not for the added artificial light, you would either have to expose for the sky and risk a very underexposed subject or expose for the subject and risk blowing out the sky. Adding the artificial light created a balanced exposure and the best image quality. Check out the video above for the full rundown.