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What to do with light like this?

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Sep 09, 2011 20:07 |  #1

Ok so I was looking back through last weekend's photos and realized I like these two shots a lot, but I don't know how to deal with the harshness of the lighting. In the first, I can see clear through the window. How do you expose to blow out what's outside without blowing out her dress? I shot with no flash and just ambient... should I have slowed it way down and used flash?

(PS both are way sharp in original form, I've resized greatly for web. At least I nailed a couple, yay me, lol. Ok, I almost nailed it for the group. Dang.)


And there there is this one. I love the group dynamic but it was a blustery day outside, lots of random clouds/scathing sun/wind/hailstorms, you name it. (kinda typical Calgary day) I know this could have been better lit, but I don't know how. Thoughts?

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Sep 09, 2011 23:27 |  #2

aww yes you have a problem with blowing out a white satin wedding dress... welcome to wedding photography. deep black tuxes and satin white dress in one shot... its like a cruel joke on photographers

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Sep 10, 2011 15:22 |  #3

You need some fill flash on the second one. But the lighting hitting the bride's forehead and the shadows just make this a really tough spot.

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Sep 10, 2011 17:08 |  #4

When all else fails, make it a B&W ;)

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Sep 10, 2011 19:46 |  #5

Gone are the days when you had films latitude. Welcome to digital! Given time and "controllable" (sp?) light, it's doable but on the spur of the moment..........

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