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Photographing Lit Signs

 
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Feb 23, 2017 22:03 |  #1

I've been having difficulty balancing the light when shooting a lit up sign. Either LED, halogen back lit or Neon.

My method is on a tripod tonight was with a 70-200L f/4 and 17-40L, using aperture from 4 to 16 (trying to find the best). I varied the shutter speed from 1/8 up to 2.5" in order to balance the light around it and not wash it out.

Any tips or tricks for this?

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dmward
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Feb 24, 2017 21:06 |  #2

Blending.
Its going to be just about impossible to get a well exposed lit sign with enough exposure for the surrounding environment.


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Feb 24, 2017 22:12 |  #3

dmward wrote in post #18284349 (external link)
Blending.
Its going to be just about impossible to get a well exposed lit sign with enough exposure for the surrounding environment.

Got PS?
An excellent tutorial on Blend Modes using Adjustment Layers which have masks built in:
Photoshop's Five Essential Layer Blend Modes For Photo Editing (external link)

One of my efforts to duplicate a film double exposure: PS Blend modes can make a shot out of "nothing"!


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