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Old 25-06-2012, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friend at work that loves my IR barn pictures,,,B%W with a high contrast I normally don't post. You guy's have seen a few of old wagons. He is a single father and has an 18 year old daughter, a real beauty and two good looking boys about 12. The question is, we will be shooting around old barns and fences but the sun at late mid-day when I like to shoot is really bright. I have one round diffuser that I can use and hold up in the air to block sun. I have never had to much trouble with sun, will the diffuser really help if it only covers the head,,,the diffuser is only 2 and 1/2 feet around. Any other hints about bright sun, like shooting away from it or? I will be using all my cameras Color/72 IR and super blue. You never worry about this until it shows up. It sounds like fun to me and my own pictures come out good. I just need to hear from a shooter who doesn't fear the sun.
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Re: Faces in sun light

Given a choice, I would avoid taking portraits in full sunlight but sometimes you have no choice. The answer is normally to use one of the following techniques:-

a. fill-in flash
b. multiple flash
c. reflector
d. possible a and c together

For IR, the contrast will be much lower so you would probably only need a reflector at the most.

Perhaps you can let us know how you get on so we can all learn from your experiences.
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Re: Faces in sun light

Hi Dave,,
I do have some camera time under the belt for shooting towards sun out of shadows and using a toned down fill flash with what I thought was pretty cool. I think that is what you meant by fill flash and the mixing of shadows. I do have reflectors that you put in the front windows of your car, I could with one other one make a bigger one, I have watched this being used but must admit I didn't get it. What I saw was reflectors being held up behind the photographer. My buddy has access to a lot of open back wood farms that we can wonder around. I will not miss the chance to find the old out buildings. It sounds great to trade off some family pictures for what I can find for my self. But I still would like to get some good shots for him as his family is going to be apart for awhile.
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Re: Faces in sun light

Yes I was thinking of just filling in the shadows so the result looks fairly natural. However, another popular technique is to use the flash (and possibly two) with a little higher power so that the background is much darker. The images look less natural but can be attractive; the technique is called "kill the ambient" in my book on flash lighting. If you do use reflectors you do need an assistant to hold them, of course.

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Re: Faces in sun light

Sence I can make up a reflector I might try it out as I take it to reflect light away and to reflect ambient inward. I have one speed lite I can slave an MT-14 or just control it from camera. It is suposed to work. Lucky I have time to work it out. I might make up a reflector and post it to get responce from the looky lous in the art gallery. Thanks for helpping the sun is a powerful object and I need help for it looks beautiful and my knees buckle when she drifts..
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The sun does not care whether your reflector is store bought or home made

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Re: Faces in sun light

Hi Dave, It looks like I am going to get a little break as the weather is going to be 105 the day before we shoot. He says he has lots of time which is fine with me. The spark has been lit and I am thinking about what shapes and size I would use the most. like reflecting into the barn. I really kinda think reflecting some light and getting a soft warm look is a no brainer. I used to spend a lot of time out in the deserts from Yuma Arizona to the sand dunes up along the mountains in southern california. The sun is always there and feels good because there is no humidity to cook you from the inside out. I won't forget to share some of the ideas I come up with concerning the reflector.
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