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    Default How to get blue sky?

    Hello to all experts

    Need to check how should I do the metering if I wish to take the photo
    of my friend with blue sky as the background? Heard someone mentioned
    about the back light, how should we make the subject bright enough with
    the strong back light? Humm... could the experts here teach me how to do
    the metering of this kind of photo

    Sorry for my newbie questions and thank you in advance

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    Default Re: How to get blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by shashin View Post
    Hello to all experts

    Need to check how should I do the metering if I wish to take the photo
    of my friend with blue sky as the background? Heard someone mentioned
    about the back light, how should we make the subject bright enough with
    the strong back light? Humm... could the experts here teach me how to do
    the metering of this kind of photo

    Sorry for my newbie questions and thank you in advance
    Just meter as usual. Best to shoot with the sun 45 degrees up behind you. Then the bluest part of the sky will be 45 degrees up in front of you. So get your subject to bear with it for a while.

    Otherwise if you want to use flash to fill in on your subject, you can use EV -1 to -1.5 for the ambient light and EV-0.3 to -0.5 for the flash. Play around with them to get the balance you desire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Just meter as usual. Best to shoot with the sun 45 degrees up behind you. Then the bluest part of the sky will be 45 degrees up in front of you. So get your subject to bear with it for a while.

    Otherwise if you want to use flash to fill in on your subject, you can use EV -1 to -1.5 for the ambient light and EV-0.3 to -0.5 for the flash. Play around with them to get the balance you desire.
    Thanks for the tips!
    I am NOT a PROfessional photographer and photography is NOT my hobby

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    Default Re: How to get blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Just meter as usual. Best to shoot with the sun 45 degrees up behind you. Then the bluest part of the sky will be 45 degrees up in front of you. So get your subject to bear with it for a while.

    Otherwise if you want to use flash to fill in on your subject, you can use EV -1 to -1.5 for the ambient light and EV-0.3 to -0.5 for the flash. Play around with them to get the balance you desire.
    Hi lsisaxon,

    Really thanks for the tips
    So tt means if I wish to shoot with the sun behind the subject (back light),
    I need to minus EV first and then use the fill flash? Like that can I still get
    the natural blue sky huh?

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    Default Re: How to get blue sky?

    i miss singapore's blue sky! with the haze, the only way is via photoshop!

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    Default Re: How to get blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by shashin View Post
    Hi lsisaxon,

    Really thanks for the tips
    So tt means if I wish to shoot with the sun behind the subject (back light),
    I need to minus EV first and then use the fill flash? Like that can I still get
    the natural blue sky huh?
    If you shoot with the sun behind the subject you can almost forget about blue sky. If you make an L-shape with your thumb and forefinger and point the finger towards the sun, where the thumb will be pointing would be the bluest part of the sky because of polarization.

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    This is how I do....

    your left or right shoulder should be pointing to the sun (pl effect work best at 90degree)....best is when the sun is low at abt 4pm...

    attached a PL filter to the lense, meter the blue sky (not cloud) , -1/2 ev, turn the Pl filter until it is darken...attached a flash or use a reflector to balance the light on model's face...

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    Thanks all for the information
    But now have to wait until the haze gone first keke :P

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    Default Re: How to get blue sky?

    Quote Originally Posted by shashin View Post
    Hello to all experts

    Need to check how should I do the metering if I wish to take the photo
    of my friend with blue sky as the background? Heard someone mentioned
    about the back light, how should we make the subject bright enough with
    the strong back light? Humm... could the experts here teach me how to do
    the metering of this kind of photo

    Sorry for my newbie questions and thank you in advance
    Use cir-polarizer for more blue sky effect.

    Regards,
    Arto.

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