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Diane T. Phillips

Shooting a Portrait at Sunset

I will be shooting some senior pictures next week at sunset. Can anyone offer advice on how to photograph a sunset/lake with a subject properly lit in the foreground? In my last attempt, the subject was rather dark, but the lab was able to adjust it for me. I also had a couple of pics where it looked like a red reflection showed. I'm guessing this is "flare"? How do I avoid that? Thank you.

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6/13/2004 8:21:25 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Meter for the background sky (without the sun in the frame). Then use flash to illuminate the people in the foreground. To eliminate lens flare, avoid shooting directly into the sun, and use a lens hood.

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6/14/2004 12:21:42 AM

Gregg Vieregge   The best sun is in late August. The sun is less intense and perhaps larger. The sky is a bit hazier adding a bit of diffusion to the glare. Scedule the sunset portion of the senior session at that time. Try shooting at the highest sync speed your camera allows and at a smaller f stop. (say f16 or F22) You can actually shoot sooner than the sun sets as the sky will be darker giving an allusion of it being dark but the sun will still show. Make sure your flash has enough power to match your f stop. Avoid TTL setting as the brighter background will shut the flash sown erly. If do use TTL set the camera metering to perhaps spot. If you have a digital camera you can go experiment before the session and immediately test the results. Another idea is to not offer sunsets and stay home at night and be with the family.

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6/15/2004 2:45:29 PM

Phillip A. Flusche
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2003
  Use the technique in the first response and additionaly, if you have plenty of film or memory, bracket the shot using .5f stops and takes 3 or 5 shots. My digital allows this automatically in various amounts of apeture settings.

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6/16/2004 7:13:42 AM

"Joesphine ""Ms. Jo"""    I can not offer a answer but I do have a question to a simliar problem

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6/16/2004 7:47:46 AM

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