How to get blue sky?


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shashin

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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 :embrass:
 

lsisaxon

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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 :embrass:
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.
 

Youhong

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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!
 

shashin

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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 :) :thumbsup:
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? :think:
 

lsisaxon

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Hi lsisaxon,

Really thanks for the tips :) :thumbsup:
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? :think:
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. :)
 

maxonline

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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...
 

shashin

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

Artosoft

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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 :embrass:
Use cir-polarizer for more blue sky effect.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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