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Old 11-30-2007   #21
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You need to add light to the building
. . . which you do by lengthening the shutter speed.
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When I read the OP, I think he is not using flash at all, it is all ambient light. IF that is the case, there is too much light on the subject and using a slower shutter speed will only increase the overexposure of the subject.
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When I read the OP, I think he is not using flash at all, it is all ambient light. IF that is the case, there is too much light on the subject and using a slower shutter speed will only increase the overexposure of the subject.
This statement is what tells me its a flash:
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FEC set to -1/3,-2/3 and -1
FEC is Flash Exposure Compensation.
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Sorry, I haven't read thru all the replies. Balancing background with subject lighting is best done in Manual mode. Take a reading off the background and set your camera to that reading, both aperture and shutter speed. If the subject is in the same light as the background, and you add light to your subject, you will have to adjust that setting and the background will be darker.

If you are shooting in any sort of automated mode, then this will be very difficult to achieve consistently.
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This statement is what tells me its a flash:
FEC is Flash Exposure Compensation.
You may be right, or he could have just been setting every button on the camera LOL.

A classmate in a university level photography class, while being introduced to the concept of depth of field control as an additional capability of f:stops, said, "OH, is that what they're for. I just picked groups of numbers I liked." She had absolutely no concept of what they were, how they effected exposure or even a hint of metering.

Another trick of hers was to set the self timer and then just before the camera fired, she'd toss it in the air. The camera clicked and then she caught it. This she called "found compositions."
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Another trick of hers was to set the self timer and then just before the camera fired, she'd toss it in the air. The camera clicked and then she caught it. This she called "found compositions."
There is a whole weird cult on Flick'r that does this crap.
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There is a whole weird cult on Flick'r that does this crap.
I don't know about a weird cult.... but I have been doing a series on "Found Light "

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Interesting stuff. Your work has the mark of something more deliberate.
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Interesting stuff. Your work has the mark of something more deliberate.
It can look deliberate... but to let you in on a secret... it isn't

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I have a few like that. I like to take a few dance shots at weddings with long shutters, movement, and maybe a zoom twist thrown in. But the tossing the camera in the air just bugs me for some reason. Its like having Pollack paint with a blindfold.


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