A&P How to take a picture of a sunset + people?

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  1. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    If I wanted to take a picture of a couple standing to the side of a sunset....

    I tried this and I either overexpose the sunset or underexpose the couple. I was using my built-in flash too.

    Tips?
     
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    Set it to manual and adjust until you have the background properly exposed. Fill in the people with flash at that point.
     
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    WELL U GOTTA TAKE THE COEFFIECENT OF THE SUN AND DIVIDE IT BY NUMBER OF PARTICALS IN THE ATMOSPHERE + 1 EV FOR THE FLASH IF THEY ARE BLACK
     
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    You want the people and the sunset exposed? I.e. not silhouetted?

    Set your flash gun (hope you don't have on-camera flash) to manual mode so it doesn't contribute to the exposure. Expose for the sunset. Then tweak the flash output till the people are properly exposed.
     
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    use a canon :hs:
     
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    use a strobist HDR rig with inbuilt lomo.
     
  9. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    it's all about balancing ambient with the flash... you could use your on board flash, but it most certainly won't turn out as well.
     
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    The onboard flash on your camera may not be powerful enough. However, you can try going to manual mode and turning on your flash to full power. The other solution is to build a simple reflector out of foam core and aluminum foil. Use it to bounce the sunlight into the people. The difficult part will be doing this and not blinding your subjects.
     
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    This was an assignment at Brooks. I'm sure its in a box of crap somewhere.

    First step:
    Find your background exposure, lock that in for all. You need to underexpose to get a nice vibrant sunset. If the sun is still up, meter just so teh sun isn't in the viewfinder.

    Shoot the image, you'd get a shilloette.

    Then repeat, but this time put it -2 stops of FEC
    Repeat again, this time -1
    Repeat again, this time normal flash

    Review to see what you like

    Off camera lighting will look 100x better than onboard

    See what FEC you want to dial in, ad a warming gel onto the flash and shoot again.

    I like about -1 1/3 usually with a gel. The gel helps to match the warm color temp as flash is very cool by nature.
     
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    :werd: you'll need something more powerful then the onboard flash, at least I did on my XT
     

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