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Old Aug 31, 2010, 1:02 PM   #1
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Default Flaming Kevlar Bullwhips

I am submitting this photo for suggestions on how to better capture the experience. I realize that this is not a great picture. I want to get this photo, but get it well, and I am looking for suggestions. I shot this with my Nikon D5000 and 18-55mm lens. What settings on my camera are going to help me get a more clear picture in this environment and setting? This was late evening. Any help would be great.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 1:16 PM   #2
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I like the effect of the moving flame, but would like to get a more crisp view of the surroundings and the actual person in the picture. Here are a couple more examples.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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I'd try playing around with using the flash at slow shutter speeds - like 1-2 seconds. You'll need to really stop down - like f/10-f/20 - to get the exposure right on the person.

So:

1. Switch to manual mode
2. If you have an external flash, use it. If not just use the onboard flash.
3. Set ISO to 100
4. Set Aperture to f/18
5. Set Shutter speed to 1"
6. Set up the camera on a good tripod with either a remote shutter release or use the shot countdown and let your whipper know when to start.

Take a test shot.

Check the exposure of the person and the flame and adjust your shutter and aperture to get it right. If 1 second isn't enough to get the movement of the flame, decrease the shutter accordingly.

You can combine this technique with HDR (see the HDR thread) with the background for something interesting.

Finally, post your results! I'm really curious to see what you get.
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