by hjfok - 4/2/10 7:11 PM
In Reply to: Bad Lighting Conditions by taboma
Encounter this quite a bit, cost me quite a bit to counter the problems:
When it is bright, I use the Sunny 16 rule, and if this is not enough, then I screw on my Singh Ray vari Duo neutral density filter (can get up to 8 stop reduction of light, plus a built-in polarizer to cut down reflections).
If there is too much contrast, the sky/background gets too bright and the foreground is too dark/in the shade, I use my Singh Ray graduated ND filter.
For Sunset shots with the bright sun at the horizon, I have the Singh Ray reverse ND filter.
For daytime with too much contrast/shadown on someone's face, I use my flash with hi-speed sync mode as fill flash (I have Canon flash, the hi-speed sync mode will avoid the camera defaulting to a slower shutter speed and blow out the bright background). Also have a set of reflectors (but often left them in the car or at home).
For night shots, I use the brightest lens I have with IS/tripod. For night or indoor portraits, I have multiple flashes and a set of studio strobes with a bunch of accessories (softbox, umbrellas, grids, etc).
I also have a Litepanel micro when I need continuous light indoor.
When scuba diving, I often use my Niterider lights that are almost as bright as the headlights. I broke my underwater strobes a while ago when the water was too choppy.
When all these fail or fall short, there is Photoshop. It can pull out details in the shadows pretty well especially if you shoot in RAW.
I haven't tried out HDR yet, but this can be quite useful in difficult lighting situations especially when there is a lot of contrast in different areas of the scene (can't be easily corrected by filters).
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