Tip for shooting interiors

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I've been playing with my new SB800 on a D70, and it can really help in
    certain situations.

    Many times we want to shoot an interior but also expose so you can see the
    view out the window. No problem. Just expose for the scene out the window
    and bounce the flash off the ceiling. I set the flash to TTL with the
    diffuser and it worked like a charm first try.

    Sheldon, Jul 9, 2005
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  2. I read in _Looking at Photographs_ that the rule of thumb is to
    set flash exposure so the view out the window is a stop brighter
    than the interior. Ever heard that? Do you use that rule?
    Ben Rosengart, Jul 10, 2005
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  3. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Well, I was just experimenting. I took one shot with the scene out the
    window exposed (room dark), took another shot with the room exposed (perfect
    room, light in windows blown out), and one with the flash and exposed for
    the windows. I didn't do anything and the flash seemed to do all the work.
    I do believe, however, it probably would have looked better if I had dialed
    down the flash a bit and turned on the room lights. That shot probably
    would have been perfect, so your "rule" is probably a good one.
    Sheldon, Jul 10, 2005
  4. Yes. A general rule of thumb, but not always applicable. It really
    depends on the circumstances and the "focus" of the shot. For example,
    say your shot is from inside a parlor or music room looking out a wall of
    open French doors onto a beautiful garden. The garden is the focus of the
    shot, the interior secondary. In this case, I would have the interior a
    stop or so darker than the garden, which would be normally exposed.

    stefan patric, Jul 10, 2005
  5. So when shooting to emphasize the room, you'd expose for the room,
    while when shooting to emphasize the window scene, you'd expose for
    the window scene -- but in either case you'd have the outside about
    a stop brighter than the inside?

    That makes sense ...
    Ben Rosengart, Jul 11, 2005
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