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Old Oct 24, 2005, 8:17 PM   #1
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While at a wedding I was experimenting with exposure techniques. I'm shooting a Minolta 7D in RAW.

The first picture of the two ladies I think is pretty good. I used the Multi segment meter.

I may have lost some detail in the girl's eyes.

The second shot of the flower girl isn't as good. I think I should have used spot meter, rather than multi segment.

Perhaps some post editing might draw some quality out of shot 2.

What do you think?

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Old Oct 24, 2005, 8:18 PM   #2
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Here's shot 2
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Old Oct 24, 2005, 11:17 PM   #3
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#1 try a fill flash.
#2 you identified what you should have done...good job
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Old Oct 24, 2005, 11:41 PM   #4
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I agree with Matthew here about #1. Fill flash would make a big difference in the shadows on the faces. The 7D's ADI flash mode will give you great results.

If you have a photo editor that is capable of it, try adding a soft spot to the flower girl's face. Possibly stretch it to include the flowers.

I have to say you must be brave to be experimenting with exposure at a wedding. I'd rather tangle with an angry wildcat than an angry bride.

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Old Oct 25, 2005, 12:32 AM   #5
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Oh I agree!!!.... I was just guest.

No.... I'm not confident enough do anybody's wedding.

no way Jose' .....That's only for the brave..:-)
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Old Oct 25, 2005, 12:55 AM   #6
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Thanks for your suggestions. I took the flower girl and applied some raw edit, photoshop elements and finally photo impact and got this.
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Old Oct 25, 2005, 10:03 AM   #7
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Depending on what flash you use you might have a built in diffuser that can double as a catch light. In situations like your first shot you can point the flash head straight up, and pull the diffuser out, also straight up. This gives a semi flash bounce and results in a very subtle fill and a nice catchlight in the eyes. You will still get that natural light look as well. The image below shows how the flash head would be positioned.


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Old Oct 25, 2005, 2:53 PM   #8
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Thanks.I need to learn more about flash units. I like your approach.



I need to learn more about lences too.

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Old Nov 10, 2005, 9:50 PM   #9
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Bill;

I came back to this one and like your edit. though it isn't quite what I had in mind. when I said 'soft spot', I was thinking lights instead of the spot filter. I took a shot with the Lights tool in PI , then used Virtual Photographer plugin 'glamour' setting to give it a soft look. Wasn't happy with that, so ran it through Image Analyzer, to get the grain back out and sharpen it up some. Back to Photoimpact for a square crop.

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some fill-flash for the first shot would have removed the shadows.
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