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    Hi, please share with me what would the best setting be for
    shooting a ray of light shinning through a dim indoor.
    If there are people or subject in the dim indoor, how would be the subject look like?
    If you have pix to share together with the process & setting, that would be best. Thanks
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    shooting ray of light, best to have the air dirty, so that the ray of light can be seen clearly, smoke, dust .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    shooting ray of light, best to have the air dirty, so that the ray of light can be seen clearly, smoke, dust .....
    Thanks Ortega, can you share how to do it best.... such as the setting(Exif) and also where should the metering be ( assuming I am in the dim indoor).

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    can't help you with that, every situation is different.
    if you want shadow detail then meter for the shadows and let the ray of light blow.

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    Thanks! Anyone else would like to share your experience ?

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    Bracket the shots if possible,if not just rely on the matrix metering..



    this is taken on ambient light reading about F3.5 1/8sec ISO100
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    Quote Originally Posted by kex
    Bracket the shots if possible,if not just rely on the matrix metering..

    this is taken on ambient light reading about F3.5 1/8sec ISO100
    Thanks Kex, btw.. the pix is too small for viewing.. seem like it was in temple,right?
    Were you using tripod then?.
    I am thinking of shooting in such dark condition ( only with ray of light) without a tripod.

    Any more suggestions from others??

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    i took the shot in an idian/hindu? temple along serangoon,it was shot handheld on a TLR..

    would suggest faster film for better shutter speed for this kind of shoot..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kex
    i took the shot in an idian/hindu? temple along serangoon,it was shot handheld on a TLR..

    would suggest faster film for better shutter speed for this kind of shoot..
    Oh Ya, a faster film would help. Thanks

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    Hope to hear more on the technique of shooting ray of light...

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    get someone to smoke la and blow to the ray fo light...
    alternatively maybe you can use a circular polarizer to accentuate the ray of light, but usually its used to cut thru fog
    i think also underexpose the surrounding 1/2 to 1 stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by zig
    get someone to smoke la and blow to the ray fo light...
    alternatively maybe you can use a circular polarizer to accentuate the ray of light, but usually its used to cut thru fog
    i think also underexpose the surrounding 1/2 to 1 stop
    Thanks zig, these are some good tips..

    Have you tried shooting one? Do you have a pix to share on such situation?

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    i only have outdoor rays of lights
    dunno if this is what you are looking for.


    i forgot the settings but should be aperture priority with evaluative metering.
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    eh heheh...all the ray of lights i've shot are in film... you know? the mystique phase of a photographer?....i lost the pictures

    but commercially its done by marquing the ray of light and airbrushing to enhance it.

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