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Jul 29, 2013 10:58:52   #
marcomarks wrote:
I don't think there's a perfect solution in that event situation with moving subjects except grouping tight and shooting them with diffused direct flash. Bouncing flash on dark surfaces obviously only makes the problem worse because the light is not reflected to the subjects and the amount of available light on the subjects is actually decreased. I have been using a frosted diffuser clone of a Gary Fong Lightsphere for a year now and that helps because a portion of light is bounced through the top translucent lid and a portion comes out of the sides of the translucent round sphere as a ball of omni-directional light so it doesn't cause a direct facial blast.

While not the same as shooting people, I have this problem in real estate interiors often. Home owners here in FL about 50% of the time decorate with dark wallpapers and/or paints, and even light brown, wood, or smoked gray ceilings.

My worst ever was an unmarried professional golfer's multi-million-dollar "man cave" 5-bedroom house that had dark woods like walnut, mahogany, cherry, etc. dominating the walls of every room, dark wood floors, dark wood cabinetry and furniture, dark burgundy wall paper or dark painted walls, black marble counter tops, and milk chocolate ceilings in every single room. Many rooms were long and wide but only had 10-foot ceilings throughout most so if I bounced flash the area around me was overexposed but the other end of the room was still dark. Combine that with a lot of windows across one whole side of the house facing a water view and golf course and I couldn't crank up the ISO which would blow out the outdoors view.

There was absolutely no way to do that interior with a single flash near the camera taking single shots. I could have had a flash with a guide number of 400 (no such thing available) and still couldn't have reached the other other end of most of these rooms - certainly not bounced from a chocolate ceiling. But the cheapskate realtor was trying to get this place shot using a $125 virtual tour package while complaining all the time that it wasn't up to her $600-800 photo shoot expectations compared to architectural magazines she had at her office.

I found out later I was the second photographer from the same company who was doing the place over because the first one failed to get it right. And a local independent photographer had also failed before that.

A solution would have been to shoot it in HDR or with multiple radio controlled flashes but that wasn't an option the cheapskate realtor wanted to afford. It's also not an option that you have at events.

The only suggestion I would have for your situation would be ISO 800 to 1600, a diffuser that allows bounce plus forward deflection of some light at the same time, and a flash with a guide number of at least 160. Good luck.
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Thank you marcomarks. I just have to realize dark rooms are going to be difficult. I was in Ft Myers last October on my way to Sanibel/Captiva Island. I'm so envious you live so close to such a beautiful beach.
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Jul 26, 2013 22:01:20   #
ole sarg wrote:
go to and work the simulation it will help you out.

Thank you, ole sarg, for suggesting camerasim. I love it!!!
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Jul 26, 2013 21:13:57   #
mlj wrote:
This is the first time since she "found me" that I have given Jasmine such treatment. Four years ago, she was 20 pounds under weight, almost dead from hearworms, and has major wounds on her neck. The rescue shelter that I volunteered with brought her to an "adoptathon." I was asked to "handle" her. Over a period of three "adoptathon," she still had not found a home. Her gentle, loving nature was amazing. We are now best friends.

What a cool story.
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Jul 26, 2013 18:51:55   #
Annie_Girl wrote:
Funny cause I think once you've seen a photo of common back yard flowers, I don't need to see 100 other some what medicore photos of flowers. Same goes for hummingbirds, sun sets, dragon flies, bees on flowers, etc. Now a jaw dropping dragon fly will get my attention, out of focus bee - not so much.

Now give me slightly OOF portrait any day.

UHH doesn't really seem to be a place that many portrait photographers gather. I'm not sure why, they seem to end up on other forums.

What does OOF portrait mean? Out of focus perhaps?
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Jul 24, 2013 20:00:12   #
JR1 wrote:
This has been covered many times, use the search facility above for RAW processing, saves many same questions

Thanks, I'll do that.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:55:13   #
Hi UH friends.

I am beginning to shoot in Raw but at a loss as what to do with them after I put then in Bridge, do my color correcting and then moving them to PS CS4. Not sure what to do after all the post processing. Convert them to JPGs and where do I store them? Back in iPhoto? What do you guy do?

Thank you again, for all your advise.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:33:09   #
Mudshark wrote:
1. Use powerful strobe such as 580 EXII or Quantum.
2. Use a store bought or home made large white card rubber banded to the strobe as a fill reflector.
3. pull your shutter...i.e. take your speed down to a 30th or sometimes even slower if you can hold it.
4. your ISO does not need to be astronomical 800 perhaps 1600...
5. go to a little wider lens that will place you closer to your subject thus not needing as much output from strobe.
6. shoot RAW so they can be manipulated more
7. use fast lens
8. thank the great kodak god you aren't using color neg film.......
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Thank you Mudshark. And thank God for number 8.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:29:37   #
SnapperLady wrote:
I recently have had a stroke not one but three and now they are pretty sure that I have CNS Vasculitis, let us say not good. Well have you ever tried to take photos wobbling or with a cane and tripod. This picture is of my youngest dog and he can always make me laugh. I just need to vent I am trying to remember some of then things I learned early on and they are coming back slowly. Is there any one out there that has had a stroke and struggled returning to photography?
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Hi SnapperLady. This is a great picture of your sweet dog. Good for you for not giving up. I've read all of the quotes and UH people are so nice and ready to help and there are some great suggestions. Keep laughing and taking photos.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:26:23   #
JoeV wrote:
Hello Snapperlady. I have not had experience with recovering from a stroke, so I can't help you there. But I have had experience with frustration and the value of a good vent! Pray things improve for you soon.

I do have a few thoughts for you though. One is getting a remote to click your shutter, if your camera has that option. Another way to get around your shakiness is to take pictures using your timer feature. I have found, by the way, that the 2 seconds setting on my camera is not always long enough for the camera to stabilize.

There is a saying that comes to mind..."pray as you can, not as you can't." Along that same line, it occurs to me to suggest "photograph as you can, not as you can't." What I mean is that you might want to concentrate on on non moving subjects...still lifes are quite cooperative that way :) Or flowers in a garden, etc. Will Chewie sit for portraits?
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Very well said JoeV.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:22:58   #
Brian45 wrote:
A quick adjustment in guided section of PS10 using Lighten and Darken and, Brightness and Contrast.

Thank you Brian45 for you suggestion on how to brighten up this photo of these very brave women. I know my friend Alissa would love to have this photo.

Many thanks.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:20:55   #
[quote=sb][quote=Starr]I was using an external flash but there was nothing to bounce the light off of.

Have you tried a softbox on your flash or a simple pocket-bounce?

Hi sb. Actually, I didn't have my external flash yet but used a diffuser over my on camera flash. Since then I received my external flash. I've never heard of a pocket-bounce. I will have to check that out.

Thank you sb.
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Jul 24, 2013 10:16:37   #
CajonPhotog wrote:
They are pretty dark, true, but all I did was use a levels adjustment and a hue/saturation adjustment. They look pretty good for not being the original, and I am sure the original would look better.

They look wonderful CajonPhotog. Thank you for taking the time to help me find a way to make the photos looks better. I have a lot of post processing ahead of me....
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Jul 23, 2013 23:07:48   #
Papa Joe wrote:
I only did some very basic 'brightening' and reduced shadows a bit. I use Photoshop Elements and find it satisfied my needs.

Thank you. Good job. I think I need to take some PS tutorials. Just found out how to remove shadows off a face. Pretty cool.
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Jul 23, 2013 21:37:31   #
GoofyNewfie wrote:
Use one of these:
and drag the shutter as much as you can to get something in the background to show up.

Thank you GoofyNewfie. I was looking at getting a Gary Fong diffuser. Appreciate the link to the photography school.
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Jul 23, 2013 21:33:53   #
Papa Joe wrote:
Starr, I took the liberty of slightly adjusting one of your pictures. Actually I don't think they're all that dark or unusable. You have plenty of information in them making it easier to adjust. See example below:

That looks wonderful Papa Joe. How did you do that? You did a much better job than I did in PS CS4. Thank you for your time!
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