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04/28/2006 04:23:24 PM · #1
I have to take a photo of a business sign at night, and I have attemped it twice and it looks like ass either the sign is really bright and washed out or to dark.

Does any one have any tips on how I could get a nice shot that is well balance with the sign and it surroundings looking nice instead of like ass.

Thanks
Matt
04/28/2006 04:25:47 PM · #2
How about a nice long(ish) exposure of the environment with the sign turned off. At the last second turn it on.

Or the inverse may be easier. Light it up, open the shutter for the long exposure and immediately turn the sign off. These are the tricks of the commercial photographer

Brett
04/28/2006 04:25:54 PM · #3
Care to post a like ass photo so we can see what you are dealing with?

What does the illumination of the surroundings look like? Can you shoot it at dusk or dawn so as to have a bit more light? Is the sign lit?
04/28/2006 04:27:43 PM · #4
Aww Leroy, trust you to want to see a bit of butt
04/28/2006 04:29:26 PM · #5
Originally posted by KiwiPix:

Aww Leroy, trust you to want to see a bit of butt


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I wanna see a LOT of butt, but I'll take it a little at a time.
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04/29/2006 05:27:35 PM · #6
Baack on topic, your suggestion of dawn or dusk is a good one. From that you'd be able to balance the background and sign to get the result needed. We know from the 4-5am challenge that you can convincingly make day look like night once the elements are balanced.

since 0055 asked the question, I wonder if he's coming back at us?

Brett
04/29/2006 05:33:53 PM · #7
I got some good advice once while doing a night shoot and it's helped me ever since when I've done shots at night.

I switch to P mode, move the exposure all the way down to -2 then start adjusting the time value until the aperture value starts to flash. Shoot somewhere around that length. It usually works quite nicely for me, hardly ever blow out lights anymore. Worth a try anyways. :)
04/29/2006 06:37:32 PM · #8
try the sunny 16 rule..

asa 100...exp 1/100th sec...app f16

this will expose for the bright sign not the dark sky..

hope it works for you.
04/29/2006 06:40:17 PM · #9
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by KiwiPix:

Aww Leroy, trust you to want to see a bit of butt


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I wanna see a LOT of butt, but I'll take it a little at a time.
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Hey Leroy...here is some butt for ya....
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Oh that's right...it's your butt....well..what do ya know...hehehe!!

Okay..back to the discussion!! Sorry everyone! Just one of my crazy moods today...!
04/29/2006 07:30:16 PM · #10
Originally posted by KiwiPix:

How about a nice long(ish) exposure of the environment with the sign turned off. At the last second turn it on.

Or the inverse may be easier. Light it up, open the shutter for the long exposure and immediately turn the sign off. These are the tricks of the commercial photographer

Brett


Sorry I have been busy, but thanks to everyone for the advice... I figure I am just gunna give all the suggestions a try
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