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    Hi,

    How do i take shots against the sun or bright light? I need to see the persons face clearly and not silhouettes. Maybe in 3 scenarios:

    1) Directly 180 against sunlight
    2) 45 against sunlight
    3) In a dark room against very bright background

    What are the camera settings? Sorry if i don't know how to use the correct terms. Thanks.

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    1) Your subject's eyes will squint like mad trying to look for u
    2) If using wide angle, you will get some amount of lens flare
    3) If it's a dark room, do you think the camera can tell the difference if the background is bright? Unless you are referring to a window as your background. Then you need to flash your subject else will end up backlighting.

    Am I correct in saying the above? :P

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    Sorry if i didn't mention clearly. The subject is in front of the background.

    camera ------> subject ----> bright background

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    for people like me who have no skill i choose to on flash. Lolz.

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    Meter/Expose for the background and use fill flash for the faces.
    That way you can get both background and subjects properly exposed.

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    Will i get the subject's face like dead fish ?

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    Originally posted by Zerstorer
    Meter/Expose for the background and use fill flash for the faces.
    That way you can get both background and subjects properly exposed.
    What's fill flash? fill-in flash? One of the Flash Modes?

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    Originally posted by revenant


    What's fill flash? fill-in flash? One of the Flash Modes?
    Fill flash is just a term. It means using flash to illuminate subjects when against a bright background.

    To achieve this effect you can use the forced flash mode for the integral flash on the camera or you can just use an external flash.

    Aosis: If your flash is set to the correct intensity or if you use a reflector, you should not get "dead fish" or whitewashed faces.

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    u can try spot metering the background away from the bright object and use fill flash for ur subject.
    Last edited by Mystix; 10th December 2002 at 12:58 PM.

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    Originally posted by Zerstorer


    Fill flash is just a term. It means using flash to illuminate subjects when against a bright background.

    To achieve this effect you can use the forced flash mode for the integral flash on the camera or you can just use an external flash.
    Does every dc have this forced flash mode?

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    Originally posted by revenant


    Does every dc have this forced flash mode?
    Not sure...most digicams with some sort of program mode or manual controls should have it.

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    Originally posted by Mystix
    u try spot metering the background away from the bright object and use fill flash for ur subject.
    Will the the subject be out of focus ? Not sharp ?

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    Originally posted by aosis
    Will the the subject be out of focus ? Not sharp ?
    This should not be a problem as long as you meter for your exposure using the background, but focus on your subject in the foreground. It is probably easiest to use your camera's "manual" mode to fix the exposure settings first, then compose and focus as necessary.

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    hi.....1st step ...buy a light meter...2nd...run to the person's face and measure the dark side ......3rd ...run back to ur position and 'snap'......

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