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Old Dec 1, 2009, 11:10 AM   #1
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This weekend I will be taking photos at a a fire and rescue awards dinner. Everyone will be in dress uniform. The ladies are issued skirts and most will be in nude or tan hose.

From my experience when I take pictures of a lady wearing hose most of the time the color of their legs is way lighter than I view them with my eyes, but the rest of the outfit seems out. Should I over exposure say change the EV down -1/3 or -2/3 to darken the legs and hope the rest is ok. Should I photoshop it (drawing around the legs and then darking slightly

Anyone have a similar experience and how did they fix the problem.

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I think the phenomenon is caused by the flash reflecting off the nylon. Can you do without the flash? Or, maybe, bounce the flash?
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yea, i think that bouncing is a good suggestion. if the flash is not pointed directly at the nylon it should not reflect back.
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Tcav perfer I won't use the flash.... all the pictures in the past are with flash and you hit the nail on the head.

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I go with the bounce flash solution.

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I'll do a couple of tests before hand and see what works - never did the bounce technique before so that might be a good idea as well.

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I'll do a couple of tests before hand and see what works - never did the bounce technique before so that might be a good idea as well.
I've never bounced flash myself, but I think an important requirement is that you have something to bounce it off of.

Will you have a light colored ceiling where you'll be doing the shooting?
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Another option, of course, is to frame the subject to as to chop off the legs.
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I will have a totally white ceiling. Also full body shots have been specially requested.

I will have a chance an hour before hand to work with one person to do a few tests. I will try without the flash first then bouncing

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well its good that you have a totally white ceiling, that will help your bounce flash alot. if you have a chance to practice in your home or in some other building with a ceiling ahead of time, that will help you. then you can be more prepared for that hour you have to tweak things specifically to your venue.
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