Get a camera with a super duper dynamic range.
or a super powerful flash that can lit an entire building.
Last edited by Reportage; 11th December 2008 at 04:38 PM.
You wont see me much less remember me but i am the guy who makes you look good.
for example, try shooting the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown at 5pm, the sun is behind and the temple will be in shadows
but, if you are serious about taking a good photograph, come back again the next morning around 8-9am, if the sun is out, you will get a beautiful picture.
even if the sun is not out, the resulting image will be better than the one at 5pm
so if you don't want to take a nice picture in the best possible situation, then you would not even be bothered by settings and advice.
what do you think?
If it is not possible of altering the angle, or wait for the good lighting in a right moment, just simply attach the flash and fire it off.
What he meant is that we should not change our perspective of that view just bec there is a problem, especially one that we can solve. It then become like escaping from the problem when we have a solution, thats what he meant.
of course coming back the next morning is another solution loh...... cheers!
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btw, Mr Ortega, TS is referring to "a subject standing in front of a building" in a back lit situation, kind of like "I was here" type of shots, nothing fancy, not looking for award winner type of shots, so using flash is more appropriate.
you guys discussion are really interesting, I am very sure it will really be a great help to the newbies , infact, the discussion touch on some fundamental photo techniques which i find it very refreshing.(It further strengthens my knowledge in photography)thanks.
If I'm caught in such a situation like for example one poster mentioned it's a tour or there won't be a easy 2nd chance, then I will just use what I am capable of to capture the moment down. TS asked what to do, therefore I give him what I feel is possible within that moment of time. Having said that, like you, I will encourage him to recce the ground and come back another time for a better shot. Like what you mentioned, I did that before, visiting the same place twice just to find the right moment to create the dream photo I wanted, but I feel in this context, looking forward the right moment is not what I want to advice him because I rather he get the right information of how to deal with the situation in known methods to tackle the problem. The choice of revisiting the scene or change another composition is totally up to him. In fact, for me personally, I even go to the extend of don't even capture the scene if I cannot make it looks nice. I rather not have it then to have it the substandard way.
That's what I think. Thanks
TS is a d40x user.
you can try the d-lighting function and see if it helps.
The D-Lighting feature will brighten up the dark areas of your photos, with a slight increase in noise as a tradeoff. It's especially handy when your subject has a bright light source behind them.
Last edited by Simon_84; 11th December 2008 at 05:53 PM.
Normally under the situation that TS suggested, it's often dynamic range is far too high for ADR to salvage.
2 cents worth