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Old February 9th, 2006, 04:40 PM   #1
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Overcast Vs Sunny Day W/xl2

I'm in the middle of a project which might wrap this weekend. I've been shooting over here in Seattle/Everett WA area. All the prior weekend ext. shoots have been totally overcast. Now all of a sudden, we will be faced this Saturday & probably Sunday with sun! Now what? What is the best sollution to keeping ext. shots looking consistant? Will ND Filters help? We are using a Matte Box with various ND Filters. If we can avoid shadows, and use certain stops of ND's, will that work at all? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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using additional lighting or bouncing light from underneath objects/faces to reduce shadow might help.
Also, white balancing or colour correcting to make the image cooler will help.
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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:22 PM   #3
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Old February 10th, 2006, 07:11 PM   #4
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It's a beautiful day

Joseph, I'm looking out my office window now in Edmonds, WA and for the first time in months, I'm seeing shadows. Yahoo!!!

That said, here's a simple solution to your shadows, if you can keep your shots relatively tight.
I have made something similar to the diffusers shown in B+H pages attached. Go to the home depot, buy about 40 lf of 1" or 1.25" PVC, with 4 ea 90 deg "ells". Go to their electrical section and buy a bag of those nylon ties that they use to handcuff the bad guys on Cops with. Then go down to a linens store, maybe a JC Penney or Sears and buy the cheapest sheets you can find, of course keeping them pure white in color. Make a frame out of the PVC, and attach the sheets to the frame with the straps.
You'll need someone to hold it up, or will need to get a little more creative with the PVC and make a stand, but it will act as a very effective diffuser for you.

Happy Shooting.

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Old February 10th, 2006, 11:50 PM   #5
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thank you all for your reaponses and helpful ideas.

And Bill, isn't it ironic that over here in WA we can't wait to experience a sunny day like it was today, and all of a sudden, we have to wish for a over cast day instead?

Anyway, I guess I'll see soon enough how the weather really will be.

Joe
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