shooting against the light


orson

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hi,

1. is there a way to shoot a subject whose back is against the light? this one got no choice, cannot ask subject to change position as this is how the stupid stage was setup. :dunno:

2. i've seen some dramatic shots of people who have rays of light coming from behind them. how can this be done?
 

catchlights

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#2
hi,

1. is there a way to shoot a subject whose back is against the light? this one got no choice, cannot ask subject to change position as this is how the stupid stage was setup. :dunno:
you can meter on the subject and make your exposure accordingly, the will overexposed the background but your subject is correct exposed.

or you can use a flash to light up your subject.

2. i've seen some dramatic shots of people who have rays of light coming from behind them. how can this be done?
you need smoke, lots of it.
or you can kick up some dusts into the air.

hope this help.
 

gymak90

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Just to add on, if you meter your subject, your sky will be very much overexposed and blown out.

If it's sunlight you're refering to, a cheapo method is to get your subject to block the sun, then everything miraculously becomes easy.

Using flash is a good option. Meter the background, and thus leaving your subject underexposed. Hence, the flash will provide light to properly expose your subject. Trick is to get a natural colour without having harsh shadows/contrast.
 

orson

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sorry what do you mean by "meter", what is that? does it have anything to do with exposure? i do not use a dslr, just a bridge camera that has exposure controls - that is what i am currently doing, but the problem is there are multiple people on stage and some people are okay, background is over exposed, other people also over exposed.

@gymak, how did you do your avatar, is it with smoke and dust as well?
 

gymak90

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sorry what do you mean by "meter", what is that? does it have anything to do with exposure? i do not use a dslr, just a bridge camera that has exposure controls - that is what i am currently doing, but the problem is there are multiple people on stage and some people are okay, background is over exposed, other people also over exposed.

@gymak, how did you do your avatar, is it with smoke and dust as well?
Meter means to measure for an exposure setting. When you point your camera at a scene, your camera automatically meters the scene, so as to get a setting for proper exposure.

My avatar is simply done with lights and smoke :)
 

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