A&P taking pictures in harsh bright sun??

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  1. AF Rugby

    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    what will help?? seems like whenever i take them in bright day light, my pics always come out like shit.. i dont have a hood, would that help?? any adivce would be great..
     
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    find some shade e.g. the side of a building
     
  3. EWhytsell

    EWhytsell New Member

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    Some of it would depend on the type of pics your shooting. If its people and you can get them into shade thats your best bet. Or you can use flash to fill in the shadows in their eyes, under chin, other places.

    If its stationary objects you'll just have to wait for the sun to move, some clouds to act as diffusers, or you'll have to move to another angle.
     
  4. Frank N. Beans

    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    What are you shooting? Stack some ND filters and a CP.
     
  5. AF Rugby

    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    nothing fancy, just trying to snap some pics of my bike and my friends.. but shooting in m mode cause its the only way ill learn.. but it turns out like shit.. i can take decent pics outside with clouds, but add sun and they get hammered and look crappy..

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  6. Jcolman

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    You simply need to learn a bit more about exposure control. Taking pics in bright sunlight isn't my favorite either but 1,000's of photographers do it everyday quite successfully.

    I just finished a shoot at a country club and had to shoot some pics in the midday sun.

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    but I prefer early morning or late afternoon light the best

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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Add a bit of fill light from a flash or reflector.
     
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    doesnt hurt to put the sun at your back as well. easy trick
     
  9. Frank N. Beans

    Frank N. Beans I hate BMW's OT Supporter

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    That is only going to take care of lens flare. You obviously want to shoot the sunny side of your subject (not shadow). Correctly exposing the subject without blowing out the background is tricky without filters.

    Another tip would be to shoot RAW, then fix the overexposed background.
     
  10. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    It's all in what you're shooting. If you're shooting people you'd better be using fill flash. If you don't have fill flashes or, at the very least, a foam core bounce then you need to shoot in all light with no shadows or all shadows with no to little direct sun. Cameras are not as "smart" as our eyes and are limited to only few stops of sensitivity. There really is no magic bullet and all locations, people, times of year look different. Definitely shoot RAW and lean your exposures a bit to overexposed about two-thirds of a stop. I personally love shooting in raw, bare, harsh sun; It gives me and my shots a truer feeling of summer, heat and happiness etc, but it's taken me years to get my shots the way I like them. Just shoot RAW, practice and don't be afraid to shoot the same thing at all different stops, shutter speeds and ISOs. Also, learn the 'Sunny 16' rule.

    I shot this last week at around 3–4 p.m., which is about as hot and direct as you can get here in the summertime. Used 2 bare 285HVs front and a SB26 left rear.
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  11. AF Rugby

    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    i tried to shoot in raw once, and then when i opend the pics in gimp, they were all so small i didnt know how to blow them up.. is there a setting on my camera??
     
  12. AF Rugby

    AF Rugby Gun in my mouth, I pray for the sunshine

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    i have yet to buy a extra flash, using the one on the camera, will it help or don't bother??

    I've been thinking about getting the sb400, only cause i've been keeping this camera stuff on a budget.. would it help??
     
  13. GlobeGuy

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    Save your money for SB600.
     
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    Gimp was using the small jpeg preview attached to the RAW file. Going by what you are describing it can't view NEF files. XnView can view NEF files, but not sure what kind of editing you can do with it.
     
  15. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Ditto. Most auto guys hate shooting mid-day, but they don't know how to use the flash properly and work with the CPL to get the right settings. I love shooting on sunny days to get the deep, blue sky. It's still possible to get a nice exposure with just a hot shoe flash

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    derrict, don't you find that shot is a bit... grey?
     
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    Jcolman same with your jetski shot.
     
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    Yeah you're right. Here's a version with a bit of levels and saturation tweaks. I could do a select tweak on the sky but that's pretty much how it looked in the heat of midday.

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  19. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Ever use the nik software stuff? Their control point tech makes it easy to tweak parts of a pic like the sky, I think this pic would be a perfect candidate. I might be able to host it for a little bit.
     
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    Never tried their stuff. I should be able to tweak it in PS if I just take the time.
     
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    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    RAW files should be rather large, like 4-12MB+, not "small" check your settings for what you were viewing, and get a good RAW viewer. Lightroom, Photoshop, the software that came with your camera etc.
    don't get the 400, you'll hate yourself and want to get a bigger flash almost immediately. If you're on a budget then start looking out for an SB600. You'll get much more use out of it, and you can control it with commander mode on your camera (provided you have that feature ie not shooting a D40/60).
     
  24. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    No, but I'm not sure what you mean.
     
  25. mobbarley

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    It just seems that there is no white or black. Even the clouds are grey. It just seems like it needs a small exposure boost to get some white back.
     

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