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06-16-2006, 12:32 AM
Next week I'll be going to a family gathering in So. Calif. on a beach. I have never taken digital pictures on a beach and am worried about blowout, and people being underexposed. I'm trying to remember what I have read various places about shooting in this type of situation. I recall that one writer recommended "shooting to the right" (with reference to a histogram), actually slightly overexposing, then correcting in post processing. Another suggested using a fill flash. Should I have with me a ND filter? Should I use an automatic setting or shoot in, say, AV and make some sort of adjustments?

06-16-2006, 03:12 AM
The ND filter will help.
I do suggest not to overexposure anything, because details get lost, while underexposing something can be corrected using software.

07-05-2006, 06:14 AM
overexposing is kiss of death in digital because you lose detail you cannot get back. Shoot under and bring it up in post- way better.

07-18-2006, 01:43 AM
um... what they said... lol... overexposure is only good if you want it done purposely (and your going for overexposed artistic shots, etc...)

07-18-2006, 08:41 AM
Use a flash, if you can!

Shots of people at the beach come out tons better with a fill flash, cause it takes all the harsh shadows off their faces.

My own preference is for people to wear sunglasses if it is very bright out... I hate pictures of people squinting.

07-18-2006, 08:58 AM
It'll knock down about an f-stop of light... and reduce the glare, enormously. You can add an NDx2 or NDx4 to that, if necessary.

Don't let sunlight ruin your photographs... LOL :D

07-19-2006, 07:46 AM
Beach pics from last Sunday (7/16/06). I don't have an ND filter yet :( So all I used was a CP filter.