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Category: All About Photography : Photographing Specific Subjects : Taking Sunset and Sunrise Photos

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Erica Crawford

Shooting Portraits Against a Sunset Sky

Hi, all you experienced photographers, I have just started shooting weddings and will be doing my first in Hawaii on a beach at sunset. I know how to do silhouettes but I am looking for tips on flash use to get the couple in the picture looking great with the sunset in the background. Thanks.

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10/29/2006 7:47:40 PM

W.    Fill-flash with one stop under exposure. I'd bracket for good measure. If this is for the formal photos, you may want to consider two flash guns, off-camera wireless if possible, on their own light stands/tripods, and two reflectors held by assistants to open up shadows on the couple.
Want to know for sure? Then do a test run the night before, with somebody else.

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10/29/2006 9:12:00 PM

Erica Crawford   W. thanks for the response, I have been giving some thought to the test run idea and will definatly try that. erica

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10/31/2006 12:31:01 PM

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