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Strategies for Midday Shooting?

 
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Jul 12, 2009 09:28 |  #1

Well, how about it? We can't always shoot with the golden light of sunset or early morning. Let's say you're on a trip to the city for the day and you'll be arriving at 10AM and departing at 6PM. I'd like to hear what your strategies are for shooting in harsh lighting conditions and still making the most of your shots. CP? Shooting in the shade? What about for sports where you're out there in the wide open?


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Jul 12, 2009 10:59 |  #2

People - move them to the shade, and if the background is sunlit then shoot them with flash. If you cannot move them to shade, fill the shadows with flash and watch the angle to the sun closely.

Sports - Make the best of it. Expose to the right to give some latitude in filling shadows. In some sports you can pick the direction at least (set up for one side of the field over the other) and at least shoot with the sun behind you. I'd advise against shooting into the sun if at all possible.


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Jul 12, 2009 13:31 |  #3

8:51 a.m., bright and sunny day. Keep the sun where it illuminates the target and keep your shadow off of the subject.

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9:54 a.m.: heavily backlit. Use program AE and evaluative metering and let the camera figure it out.

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Jul 12, 2009 17:53 |  #4

Thanks, those are helpful tips. BTW, nice shots above. :)


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Jul 12, 2009 18:20 |  #5

Here's something you can do if shooting people.

Set the camera to Av or Tv mode and dial down the EC -1 to -2EC. (You can do this in manual if you want too). With the FLASH, turn up +1 FEC or more. This underexposes the background to make the skies nice and blue and enhance the clouds, the flash is the primary lighting for the people.

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This was done around 4pm, and it was kind of overcast, but might help for harch mid-day lighting.

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Jul 12, 2009 18:33 |  #6

For people, I find open shade. For other subjects I adjust metering based on what I can determine from experience and from an incident meter or gray card. Fill flash can be a great help too.


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Jul 12, 2009 18:34 |  #7

Shade is my friend on super sunny days.


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Jul 12, 2009 20:39 |  #8

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