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Old July 19th, 2003, 02:11 PM   #1
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Bright sun: How to deal with

So, how do you deal wit doing interviews in bright sunlight, at around 3pm in the afternoon? I know it's a terrible time but, it does happen (last friday to me). So, I want to be prepared.

I shot it with a VX2K and had a polarizer on and the ND1 engaged. I treid adjust ing image but, what I ended up with was a face that exposed ok but washed sky and back ground in spots. I am thing of just bring a reflector next time and letting the contrast stick and bring the shadows out of the face with the reflector. I am jsut not sure if that will be enough to equal the contrast from harsh sun.


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Old July 19th, 2003, 02:58 PM   #2
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Some people have use a net, and hung it like a tarp to filter out the sun a bit.
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Old July 20th, 2003, 09:29 AM   #3
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Photoflex Litedisc (aka a diffusion disc). The translucent one is what you're looking for. Or you can go el-cheapo and get a white bristolboard to bounce the light to eliminate the sharp shadow contrast
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Old July 21st, 2003, 10:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I am definitely looking to get diffusion setup. I am thinking that I will do this combined with some foam core for bounced fill. I have another shoot coming up this week that will be the same type of scenario.

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Old July 21st, 2003, 11:17 AM   #5
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Although it is not possible to dictate what times interviews like these
take place, early morning and late afternoon light will help out tremendously,
especially if you are using bounce boards and reflectors.

I've also seen "shoots" set up under those EZ-up white tents.
The white material acts a diffuser, BUT because your
sun light is knocked down several stops,
backgrounds will still appear blown out unless you light the subject . . .
which you should to get best results.
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Old August 6th, 2003, 01:21 AM   #6
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Get a Chimera Panel frame kit..

A photoflex light disk is.. in my humble opinion.. to dense being almost two stops. Most discs are.. A chimera panel kit has a 1 stop fabric that is perfect for bright sun. It also has interchangeable reflector fabric. The frame is light weight aluminum and mounts directly into a griphead which makes it really nice.
Try backlighting your subject and reflecting light back toward them with a reflector panel or bounce card.
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If you were to buy a fold up reflector I would look at Flexfill or lastolight and get a 1 stop trans. Chimera has a good instruction tape by Dean Collins you can buy also.
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Old August 7th, 2003, 07:03 AM   #7
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Also, if possible, don't be afraid to ask your subject to move. If the sun is start to set or rise behind the subject, ask them to turn around and face the sun to avoid being backlit, or perpendicular to it for nice fall off. (Key and backlight! + reflector -> fill!)
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