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12-23-2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Planning to do a shoot within the next 1-2 weeks of a couple.

My sister and her boyfriend is what I will be taking photos of within the next 1-2 weeks. It's not paid or anything, just a fun shoot for fun times. However I still want everything to come out perfect! If not, then imperfect to the point where minimal post processing can be used in photoshop. Maybe a little added contrast for the backlit ones.

I am planning to shoot at sunrise so that'll be 7:50am exactly. I want to do some backlit shots, and already adjusted my camera accordingly with center-weighted metering and set to exposure locking with AF point. That way when I AF on the couple, it will lock exposure with the centered metering to prevent severe underexposure of them while slightly blowing out the highlights. Though it's sunrise, so the sun will still be a little dim for a complete blowout.

I did some research and came across several poses and a few backlit poses to do. I am a little nervous because I've never did a true and real backlit shot before in sunrise setting. I am also a little nervous because I am not sure how the area will fare out. In the summer time the area is quite busy with a lot of people. But however it's winter time now and I doubt there will be as much people here, that is why I chose out that spot. I will be shooting at the Stone Arch bridge and under it.

Are my settings correct for backlit exposures? What are your guys' thoughts and is there anything else I should know about? Gosh, they will be freezing their butts off! Me? I don't mind it as I've gotten used to shooting in the cold. Thanks!


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If it were me, I would be exposing for the background and use off camera flash to light the couple.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
If it were me, I would be exposing for the background and use off camera flash to light the couple.
I'm trying to get a very natural look on the backlit shots and most of the ones I see with flash are very unrealistic. I'm trying to get a little loss on contrast and brightness and if there's too much loss, then do a slight fix on the couple in photoshop, but only enough to still make it still look natural. Do you think if I set the flash to underexpose by a stop or two, will it still keep the naturalism of the backlit photo? Thanks, Dave.
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Use your cameras light metering, meter the background then meter the couple, add as many stops s you need to get the look you want (to your fflash that is)

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You've evidently given this a great deal of thought--and you have "visualized" in your mind what you want your shots to look like. Your exposure/focus strategy seems sound although you might find yourself tweaking the exposure comp after your first test shot. I think you'll do just fine and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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Lots of things will change on the go, so just be on your feet
Your methods would work fine for some conditions. Other times, when the sun is too bright, you may have to underexpose them.
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Thanks a ton guys, will be shooting this Sunday and if the pics do come out decent then I'll probably post them here.
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Guys, not nearly as good as I hoped them to be. Here's a couple of them that turned out OK. I woke up a little bit too late so I couldn't shoot the backlit ones.






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They are not bad Give yourself some slack - these are nice - really like the last one. Its tricky to catch sunrise...i've moved to sunset to make sure people make it.
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