portrait photography

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by JROC, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. JROC

    JROC TPF Noob!

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    how do you light up the background. :?
     
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    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

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    Try pointing the light at the backdrop.
     
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    vodoocat... i did and it still wont work..now what.
     
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    take off the lens cap. :lol:

    But seriously play with the distance and angles the lighting hits the backdrop. What camera settings and equipment are you using?
     
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    I'm no expert by any stretch but maybe this is the problem.

    Maybe your getting the same effect as taking shots with a flash outdoors at night...or in a dark place. The flash is automatically quenched when the proper exposure on the subject is reached but the background remains underexposed and dark.

    Would a slower shutter speed work better here? Would you need to have 2nd curtain sync? Thus allowing the back ground to be exposed to the film first and then firing the flash to get proper exposure on the subject.

    I may be way off but hopefully some smart person will help out.
     
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    need a weeeeeeeee bit more info than this.

    subject?

    type of lighting?

    lighting configuration?

    color of back drop?

    can you post a pic of one that went 'wrong'?
     

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