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newbieX Oct 24, 2004 10:11 AM

Hey guys/gals...I need some help with portraits taken outside. When I take portraits outside and keep the subject in the some shadow....the background gets over exposed because of the sun hitting the the example below. Is there any way to avoid this? I have tried different settings and still no success. This is hard to modify in photoshop too.

Would a Neutral Density (x4) filter help me avoid this problem? Any advice would be much appreciated.

Tom Overton Oct 24, 2004 1:25 PM

Hi there;

This is a nicely composed shot which, as you say, is overexposed in the sunlit background. It just so happens there was some considerable discussion of managing outdoor lighting just a while ago in this forum: Outdoor Portraits


Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

Frank Doorhof Oct 25, 2004 8:58 AM

ND filters won;t help a bit, you have a dynamic problem.
There is however a very simple solution for this.
Meter the background and use that as your setting, now use your flash on FILL-IN FLASH and make the shot, you will now have solved the problem.

Have fun.


newbieX Oct 25, 2004 10:16 PM

oh Cool...thanks Frank...I'll give thata try next time.

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