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    Hi all,

    i'm trying to take environmental portraiture at night. It's a popular shopping mall with beautiful decorative lights as background. The ambient reading is f5.6 at 1/30sec. My subjects stand at a distance from the background in order to include the shopping mall. I'm using flash on the subjects with a portable flashlight, as the available light is too dim for exposure.

    May i know how do i balance with my flashlight in term of its light intensity and colour balance?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
    Regards,
    Ken

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    Default Re: Advice needed in Night shots

    May I suggest you use a tripod, stop down and rear flash.

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    Default Re: Advice needed in Night shots

    This sounds really familiar? Is it the same homework assignment thingie?

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    A few ways to do it.

    I would use M mode and boost up ISO to get acceptable exposure for background first. Once shutter speed, aperture and ISO all set to expose for background, I will turn on the TTL flash and play with flash compensation until I get a pleasing light on the model/person.

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    Default Re: Advice needed in Night shots

    Also, gel the flash to balance the color temperature of the street lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaixiang View Post
    Also, gel the flash to balance the color temperature of the street lights.
    To gel or not to gel really depends on what the shooter is trying to achieve. Also don't forget nowadays there are street lamps with different color temps as well. I see more and more white ones popping up nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    To gel or not to gel really depends on what the shooter is trying to achieve. Also don't forget nowadays there are street lamps with different color temps as well. I see more and more white ones popping up nowadays.
    I can live with tungsten but I personally cannot stand the green cast from florescent. If there is any florescent light source in the frame, I highly recommend balancing for the florescent and using a gel to prevent the skin from turning pink/red.

    Otherwise, it is an artistic choice. I might still choose to gel if the person I am taking photo of is patient so that I can go home and play with the white balance later.

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