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Family portrait - using a flash for fill (on HSS), but had to really work to balance the shade and sun in the background. Really tough... (show more)
Exif Data
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • f/4
  • 50mm
  • 1/1600 seconds
  • 200

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Brent Mantooth

    in this case would a 1/2 CTO be advised to match the sun and warm up the shade?

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  2. Matthew Saville

    Hi Brent!

    Indeed, if the sunlight is rather warm and the shade is too “blue” when using flash, a 1/4 or 1/2 CTO might be a great help.

    Generally speaking, my first recommendation would be to just brighten up the whole image to make it feel like more of a natural scene; with the ambient exposure being so neutral and the flash being so direct, the final image winds up looking like they’re in a studio sitting in front of a photoshopped background. One other thing that can help avoid this feeling is to actually include their feet and the ground’s transition from foreground to background; whenever you cut people off at their legs, they become disjointed from the background and making the “feeling” match becomes more and more important. 

    I think you did an overall fantastic job of illuminating them, balancing the extremely difficult exposures, and post-processing their skin tones in general so that the warm/cool difference looks great. I think the brightening overall of everything is going to make the biggest difference, plus avoiding cropping the legs.

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