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Kim Moyle

Welding Photos?

Anyone ever shoot someone welding? How do I do this safely, and crop the photo with a welding mask?

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1/14/2005 6:07:13 AM

Doug  Elliott
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/18/2004
  Yes, I have shot people wielding. You will be good with a 100 to 200mm Lens. It would be best to set up your shot so you have a dark background. Shoot at a slow shutter speed. This will add trails to your images. If you are shooting under florescent than take that into consideration and if possible turn them off. This will eliminate any un-wanted light blooms on the helmet or in the lens. If you are shooting with flash set your aperture for f/4 or f/5.6 to give yourself a shallow depth of field and with a slow shutter speed you will have some nice lights in the lens. Set your lights so you have your main and your fill set for 4 to 1 or a 5 to 1 ration. If you are shooting with a digital camera, download to a portable computer. This will allow you to see your images and you can make the necessary adjustments.
Hope these ideas are helpful.

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1/15/2005 7:27:26 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  You shouldn't need a welding mask.

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1/15/2005 11:18:22 PM

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