Taking Portrait against Bright Sunlight.


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How do I take a portrait of someone who's back is facing the Sun?
When i took those shots using AP mode, it's either thr person underexposed or the background overexposed.
SO what should be the setting in order to do this?


Meanwhile, i see people using flash for such situation, but when i tried using flash, the whole photo went over exposed. Do I have to use manual mode in order to use flash against sunlight?
What will be the settings like too?
 

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get the beautiful sunlight exposure.

in this case, the person face will be darker.

use flash to light up the face to match the light intensity of the background(sunlight)

use flash in manual mode. flash power diminish with distance.
 

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How do I take a portrait of someone who's back is facing the Sun?
When i took those shots using AP mode, it's either thr person underexposed or the background overexposed.
SO what should be the setting in order to do this?


Meanwhile, i see people using flash for such situation, but when i tried using flash, the whole photo went over exposed. Do I have to use manual mode in order to use flash against sunlight?
What will be the settings like too?
Using a flash in this instance would help. If you are metering against the subject, chances are your background will be blown out.

I normally set my camera to AP mode and external flash to E-TTL, enable high speed sync (if background is really bright), meter against the background, lock the exposure, recompose and fire off. I don't shoot a lot of outdoor portraits so I am not sure if this is the proper 'flow'. It works for me though :cool:

Perhaps the more experienced photographers can shed some light here.
 

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get the beautiful sunlight exposure.

in this case, the person face will be darker.

use flash to light up the face to match the light intensity of the background(sunlight)

use flash in manual mode. flash power diminish with distance.
icic, maybe i'll give that a try to use manual. Coz all along i was using E-TTL for flash auto and the whole photo went overexposed.
 

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Using a flash in this instance would help. If you are metering against the subject, chances are your background will be blown out.

I normally set my camera to AP mode and external flash to E-TTL, enable high speed sync (if background is really bright), meter against the background, lock the exposure, recompose and fire off. I don't shoot a lot of outdoor portraits so I am not sure if this is the proper 'flow'. It works for me though :cool:

Perhaps the more experienced photographers can shed some light here.
oh... I'm a total newbie using flash...

During my wedding outdoor shoot (for my own wedding), the photographer uses flash under bright sunlight. i FORGOT to ask him to enlighten me... argh...
 

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the sky has to be darker or you must have enough flash power if it is bright
 

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oh... I'm a total newbie using flash...

During my wedding outdoor shoot (for my own wedding), the photographer uses flash under bright sunlight. i FORGOT to ask him to enlighten me... argh...
I am no expert either, but some basic understanding of how your flash works will be critical. Other than that it was pretty much trial and error for me when I first used an external flash. :sweat:

Call and ask your photographer? Alternatively you can check the exif data of your wedding photos :think:
 

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consider the quality of your light too

or you can always use a reflector.
 

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i've a 80cm reflector, but haven't really got the chance to use it yet =P


Btw, any can roughly tell me how can i set my external flash to shoot it as a fill-flash?
you will be better off with a 80cm reflector than a 5cm flash.
 

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In Nikon flash there is a BL mode for this situation... I am not sure of th Canon equivalent. Maybe bro mimik can shed some light?
 

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In Nikon flash there is a BL mode for this situation... I am not sure of th Canon equivalent. Maybe bro mimik can shed some light?
I'm not very very well-versed with the Nikon system, but i believe E-TTL for Canon is the equivalent of BL mode for Nikon :think:

Anyone please correct me if I am wrong.
 

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I'm not very very well-versed with the Nikon system, but i believe E-TTL for Canon is the equivalent of BL mode for Nikon :think:

Anyone please correct me if I am wrong.
Bro equivalent to E-TTL is i-TTL.

Nikon flash can set to a special mode called BL (balanced fill). Even the SB600 has it. You can read more here:

http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2008/01/nikon-ttl-bl-flash.html

I am not sure if Canon as an equivalent, or if it is called something else.
 

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for daylight flash shooting you would probably need to decrease the flash exposure compensation (FEV) accordingly... based on how much of the 'fill' you would want on the subject
 

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the term is called Backlighting

google this word and u will get alot of advise on how to shoot in this situation

for me , i keep it simple,..... i meter for the background so that it comes out nicely exposed and shoot with the flash tuned down 2-4 stops to light up the person.... or with/without flash, use a reflector to throw light onto the face
 

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The easiest method is to set to your dslr into Program mode and set your flash to ETTL-II HS and compensate to +2. The camera would usually select a small aperture which result in more DOF.




else shoot manual (with ND filter) and trigger your off-shoe flash.



The second method would allow you to use a bigger aperture than the first. Hope it helps... :)
 

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i've a 80cm reflector, but haven't really got the chance to use it yet =P
Btw, any can roughly tell me how can i set my external flash to shoot it as a fill-flash?
In the Canon equipment forum there is a sticky thread on top of the list, explaining Canon and flash systems. It's different from Nikon and it also works differently in various modes. P will give different results than Av.
 

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