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Jane Foltz

bad church lighting

I attend a small church and take pictures for the church newsletter and some weddings and such. The church seats about 200 and the ceiling is arched with wood finish. The side walls are paneling and the front is white and PLAIN. Problem everything I shoot is crap. It is either all yellow or stark white. Iíve tried from every angle in the place and get very few shots that I like. Any suggestions on how to solve any of these obstacles?

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1/31/2008 12:29:47 PM

Hi Jane,

I suggest you post a couple of those all yellow or stark white shots, so that we can SEE what the prob is.

A picture paints 1,000 words.

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1/31/2008 12:40:46 PM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Jane, you described a very difficult lighting situation. You didn't say what you were using for flash. You aren't going to get good results with the on-camera flash when trying to light large areas or distant subjects. The first shot in your BP gallery also shows a white balance problem. The image is very warm. Tell us more about your shooting strategies.

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1/31/2008 12:43:06 PM

Jane Foltz   thanks guys for the response. I posted a couple of shots in my gallery (not the best ones but I was in a hurry) the first one is taken from the front of the church but is a good example of how most shots turn out from that position. I tried to change the white balance with little improvement. then you turn around and all you have is that BIG WHITE WALL and small stage area it is hard to get them far enough away from the wall to fuzz anyting out and then you have those 2 big boxes on the wall and the baptistry in the middel(by the way all those people are the grooms brothers and sisters all from one mariage). anyway I tried a longer lense from the back of the church for some of the shots with and without flash the same with a shorter one from closer. all in all I hated all the ones inside the church. we got our best shots on another location so it wasent a total bust.

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2/1/2008 6:55:00 AM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Looks like a pretty tuff lighting situation.

My best advice based on your photo?

Manual white balance...shoot from a tripod.


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2/1/2008 4:33:38 PM

Jane Foltz   Thanks Pete, I'll try that. there was another wedding this weekend ( I didnt attend) but I did see some of the pictures of the front. they used some white voile and lights on some white tree branches and while it looked pretty in person it didn't take a nice picture. My son is getting married this fall so I think I will sudgest filling the background with some color. maybe that will help.

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2/4/2008 6:31:33 AM

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