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#1 iga wrotek

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 01:34 PM

I would like to ask if anyone could share expieriences on shooting with HD camera outdoor, in the park during sunny weather.
What should one be aware of?
Do you recommend softening an image with Soft FX filters?
and bringing the Fstop down with ND filters?
ANd darkening the sky with half ND filters?
Is it ok to have so many filters on camera?

I'm aiming to achieve kind of smoky look (not too strong though)
But I really hate greens and unfortunately I get to shoot in the park :~)

If anyone has to say something on the subject. I would appreaciate it.

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#2 David Regan

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 01:47 PM

What type of HD camera are you using? Big issue I've found with smaller prosumer cameras is controlling contrast between sky and ground, i.e. sky will be blown out or your subjects underexposed. When you get a really overexposed sky, I've run into problems with cameras such as the HVX where you get serious chromatic abberation, which can look pretty terrible at times. Work with fill and bounce to even out your ratio a bit into a realm the camera can handle.

Also, depending on your equipment, diffusion material overhead your subjects can help, especially when the sun gets really toppy and harsh overhead. (Unless of course this is a desired look).

I've never stacked that many filters so I can't accurately comment on the results. But yes a grad ND is one way to control a bright sky.

Good luck
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