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    been to a cave..

    how to take a picture of a person with the cave as the background?

    sometimes the flash concentrate on the person and the background is dark..

    tried many ways such as AiAf, exposure, shooting with flash.. etc

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    tried long exposure with flash? you'll need a tripod to do that though..

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    Use tripod and flash. Set the camera to capture the ambient light of the background and use the flash to illuminate your subject. Long exposure time is expected.
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    Set it to the equivalent of "Night portrait" mode. Expect a long exposure, so use a tripod. Or enable DRO if your camera supports it.
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    Use tripod with flash as mentioned.

    I don't know what camera you are using but you can use "Slow Sync" flash mode (should be available in most cams). The slow sync will slow down your shutter speed to capture the background then fire the flash to capture your subject. However, if the cave is shallow (ie the wall is very close to the subject, then not much use. Because the flash will illuminate the cave wall too....then normal flash mode should be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Use tripod with flash as mentioned.

    I don't know what camera you are using but you can use "Slow Sync" flash mode (should be available in most cams). The slow sync will slow down your shutter speed to capture the background then fire the flash to capture your subject. However, if the cave is shallow (ie the wall is very close to the subject, then not much use. Because the flash will illuminate the cave wall too....then normal flash mode should be ok.
    Yeah, I'd go with the slow rear sync flash mode too...
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    using the Canon powershot G7

    i didn't bring along a tripod, and the time in the cave is limited, so no such luxury..

    have tried adjusting the ISO, exposure, flash, play around with AiAf/face detection/flexi-zone didn't help.

    Eventually, set auto ISO, auto exposure, aperture priorty..

    can use slow sync without tripod?
    will adjust exposure higher help?
    why the flash shoot heavily at the subject?
    DRO?

    thanks

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    Slow Sync means longer shutter timing, so without tripod will most likely to get blur pic, unless you hands are very stable.

    Higher exposure will help to reduce the shutter timing (to expose the background nicely), but will get grainy pic loh.

    The flash (especially built-in flash) has limited reach, so if the background is too far, it can't reach, thus the illuminated subject is brighter than the background in the pic.

    Sorry, what is DRO?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreaming View Post
    using the Canon powershot G7

    i didn't bring along a tripod, and the time in the cave is limited, so no such luxury..

    have tried adjusting the ISO, exposure, flash, play around with AiAf/face detection/flexi-zone didn't help.

    Eventually, set auto ISO, auto exposure, aperture priorty..

    can use slow sync without tripod?
    will adjust exposure higher help?
    why the flash shoot heavily at the subject?
    DRO?

    thanks

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    and ask your subject not move right after the flash.....

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    since you're using a G7, the other way to shoot without a tripod is to plant multiple flashes in the cave and light the whole cave with flash.. but unless you have a few external flashes with you, you're better off using a tripod and letting ambient light do the job for you..

    anyway, here's an interesting article related to caves.. http://www.flashflavor.com/?p=14

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    think DRO is Dynamic Range Optimizer if I'm not wrong.. a fancy term for Sony's in-cam image adjustment..

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    Bro, TS is on a holiday tour leh....not assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    since you're using a G7, the other way to shoot without a tripod is to plant multiple flashes in the cave and light the whole cave with flash..

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    O, its the backlight thingy? Or is it more than this?


    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    think DRO is Dynamic Range Optimizer if I'm not wrong.. a fancy term for Sony's in-cam image adjustment..

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    slow sync should work. but you will need some form of stabilization be it a tripod/etc as shutter speeds can be really slow, i.e. a few seconds or longer
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    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Bro, TS is on a holiday tour leh....not assignment
    just stating the alternatives..

    anyway, to sum it up.. get a tripod.

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    True.

    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    just stating the alternatives..

    anyway, to sum it up.. get a tripod.

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    Instead of use multiple flashes, can use torchlights to do lightpainting also???
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