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Best way to see LCD Screen when using Hss in the sun?

 
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Nov 19, 2016 18:00 |  #1

Used my hss strobe last week with nikon D300. It was very difficult determining proper exposure by viewing the lcd screen. Any tips from others on how you handle this?




  
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Nov 19, 2016 18:12 |  #2

Did you attempt to determine how your exposure was using the histogram?


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Nov 19, 2016 18:19 |  #3

nqjudo wrote in post #18189208 (external link)
Did you attempt to determine how your exposure was using the histogram?


No. I took an ambient reading with the in camera meter. Then closed down the aperture about 1-2 stops to darken the sky and clouds.

I had trouble determining how powerful to to have the hss strobe for fill flash by viewing the lcd screen. The sunlight and glare made it difficult to determine the right amount of fill flash. Maybe I should have used a hat or anything to put the lcd screen in the shade. Just wondering what others do?




  
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Nov 19, 2016 18:26 |  #4

Ah. Got ya. Assuming you're doing portraits. It can be tough to determine if you are too hot even with a histogram. Without the ability to shade the screen you could always try bracketing your exposures for safety if you have the opportunity.


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Nov 19, 2016 18:58 |  #5

Practice, practice, practice and setting up your picture style for a good LCD jpg for chimping. The more you shoot in those conditions, the better at chimping the base exposure you'll get.


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Nov 19, 2016 18:59 |  #6

Search Google for "camera lcd loupe" or enable the blinkies for highlight overexposure or usb to a tablet or phone that has a better screen to display in the sun. I'm shooting now with both CF and SD cards, to use an eye-fi or mobi sd card that sends medium sized jpegs to a tablet which is much better in the sun or even when multiple people want to view images.




  
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Nov 19, 2016 19:42 |  #7

Experience too. Light, power, modifier and distance. You'll get real close feeling after a while. Then check for blinkies. I check histo and blinkies. As for sun on LCD... I usually do test shots before the shoot and shade the LCD as much as possible. It is a pain. I wear a hat outside and it helps shade the LCD.

A black umbrella can help. Just something else to drag along...


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