Pics at a nighttime outdoor party with large firepit

Started Dec 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Alan Brown
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Re: Pics at a nighttime outdoor party with large firepit
In reply to toomanycanons, Dec 25, 2012

toomanycanons wrote:

My first inclination was just to high ISO (D5100 and f/2.8 lens) my way through. My next thought was to use a Speedlight on-camera, something I rarely do. Sure it will light up subjects pretty close but it's the whole effect of the fire illuminating the subjects/ambience I'm concerned with. I really don't like the "flashed" look but maybe it's required tonight.

there's some good advice here from probably more experience people than me.. but personally I have found that the  'flashed' look is generally there because the user lets it dominate the ambient rather than compliment it.

in daylight shots using flash I often dial down the flash compensation to minus 1.5 to 2;  this can give some sharpness and a little sparkle whilst keeping the ambient dominant.

You might not want to experiment this time but it's worth thinking about.

All the best with it.. post something later for us all to learn from.  

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