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Old April 22nd, 2005, 05:33 PM   #1
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In the shade or sun?

Outdoor wedding, 3pm. High direct sun onto a lawn in a vineyard. There are two options, couple in the sun or in a spot shaded by trees.

In the sun gives all the usual headaches of a high, harsh light. Eyesockets, squinting, heat - etc.

Now, the shade looks nice, but how blown out will the background be? I will be testing this later next week but anybody have much experience with this? What would you lean towards?

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Old April 22nd, 2005, 09:54 PM   #2
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Hi Mike,

For me, it's a no brainer. Go for the shade. Skin tones are more important to get right than the background.

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Old April 22nd, 2005, 09:58 PM   #3
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Ya'know, I just got back from testing this.

No brainer, shade is groovy.

Thanks for the input! Is this the same Mark I just bought a couple of DVD's from?

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Old April 22nd, 2005, 10:10 PM   #4
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Hi Mike,

You're welcome and yes, I am the one. Do you have plans to go to the WEVA Expo in Las Vegas? It's August 8-11. Would love to meet you there.

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Old April 23rd, 2005, 08:52 AM   #5
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Yup, I should be there. First time though, should I pack a lunch?

Cheerios,

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Old April 23rd, 2005, 03:02 PM   #6
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Hi Mike,

You better make it 4 lunches. ;-)

They have been at Balleys for the last 5 years and this year they are going to a new hotel, which is supposed to have even more restaurants, so you could always eat at one of the many restaurants.

You'll have a great time and make sure to make the 1st timers meeting, which is usually Monday afternoon. It will really help you to make the most of your Expo experience.

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Old April 24th, 2005, 06:45 AM   #7
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Shade will obviously be easier however u didnt mention what camera ur using???
There may be afew settings which someone here may be able to help you with..

anyways.. u mention the shaded areas is under afew trees or sometihng?
be aware that in this case, you may experience patchy or splotchy lighting..

personally, id rather blow out a background than have splotchy light on a face.. another alternative is to run s daylight (light with Dichroic filter) so offset the shadows..
position the light af face level of the client or a little lower to shoot upwards, gettin rid of the shadows of the eyes..
Another option, and IMO the best, would be to get a reflector and stand and bounce the light onto the subject. It wont be as focused or as harsh..
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Old April 25th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #8
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Lights and reflectors are out per the Bride. The shade is fairly solid, splochiness (nice word mike) should not be a big problem. Given the Brides complexion, I really need to stay out of the sun.

The cameras are PD-150's and they will be all manual with exposure set for the face and I will just let the background blow out a bit. The location is on a hill so all backgrounds with sun on them will be distant. That should help.

Mark - thanks, I think it is at the Hilton this year. I'll stop by, I just watched "out of the box" today. Great stuff, makes me go pick up my camera to play.

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