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Old 01-02-2007, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to plan out a shot where I'm shooting from the end of a hallway into a large room. The subject will be at the end of the hallway where it empties into this large room, looking back over her shoulder. There is this big, big bay window (without curtains) that part of will be in the background. The room is kinda big and tall and the paint on the walls and trim is a semi gloss, and glare is a real problem. I will be shooting this at night and there is light coming in through the window from street lights below (2nd story). I think I can light the furniture with a strobe pointing straight down, to minimize the glare. But with all the light on the subject, and in the room, the view out the windows in just dark. My subject will have dark hair. My question is, do you think taking just a shot of the room/windows to capture the light coming in the windows and then taking another shot with the subject and all lighting, and then merging the two photos, if that would give me a believable photo? Or should I just get a shoji/room divider, and use that for a background?
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Its always hard to give advice when there are unknowns. Its not quite clear to me where the window is in relation to the subject or how much of the background it will comprise. But I think it would be possible to get some quite dramatic shots. I'd try a few exposures of just the window and then you can experiment with that later in PS. If you don't have any of your lights hitting the window, then there shouldn't be any glare. If you are lighting the shots with strobes, then just meter for the strobes and then set the fstop. Then meter the ambient light through the window from outside for that fstop and then set the shutter speed for that. This will give you a well exposed subject and a well exposed window with the lights showing outside.

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