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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Found another occasion for huge dynamic range recovery |
When a bride is in shade (unavoidable) and wants to capture a whole scene in the background that is partly or mostly sunlit or otherwise much brighter (also unavoidable)...and when I only have 580EX flashes (no big strobes), but I don't want the hard shadows of bare flash so I use an umbrella...and the flash at full power doesn't quite illuminate the faces as much as the background...the ONLY possible solution is to bring up the subjects in post.
Modern Canon sensors would result in noisy faces...I know, since I have done this multiple times, most recently yesterday when a client wanted to see the sunny vegas strip from their shady, very tight/narrowly spaced, shady balcony 29 stories up. Yesterday, more than any other time in recent history, I wished I had the 35G to put on my Nikon so I could get wide enough for those shots and then bring up those shadows so cleanly...
Problem is, to the eyes people see things are bright but oh-so-pretty and they want to get that nice sunny stuff in the background while they're in the shade, not understanding the degree of contrast in images is so much greater with the more-or-less linear input on digital sensor than the human eye's compensatory abilities allow...but nevertheless they want it.
Side-thought: I am now almost completely convinced that Nikon sensors have the potential to make bright, sunny day images look better because of the shadow flexibility. Not just different, but truly better...
In any case, this is just the kind of difficult situation that has made me purchase equipment in the past...and it is probably going to make me buy a 35 f/1.4G.