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Old 11-18-2002, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When ;using monolights, what is the best way to capture the flames in a fireplace.

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It's tricky to catch flames in the fireplace. I usally take an exposure reading (reflected) at the fireplace with no flash at the same f/ stop I will be setting the flash at. Than drag the shutter to almost the same shutter speed as the reading you took without the flash. The shutter speed is 1 or 1 1/2 stops higher than the reflected reading. Its balancing your lights sources with a smaller ambient light than flash. Like letting the ambient light fill the background of a church at a wedding. Good luck. Bye the way don't stoke up the fire (wood fire) and make alot of smoke just before you take the shot, some times it fills the place up with smoke. web page
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Thanks, George,

Watch for results, or absence thereof next week. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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Technique varies with type of fire.
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You will find that wood fires require a little "enhancing" at the time of shooting, to get adequate flaming. (adding some small kindling that will flame, some paper(which is brief), etc.)

On the other hand, a gas log can be adjusted to just the right effect, and it will maintain throughout the session.

It is also possible to use strobes behind colored gels, if the fireplace will go somewhat out of focus, and not even have a real fire.

In the case of a real fire, you need to drag the shutter to a shutter speed indicated by reading a grey card next to the fireplace, and illuminated by the fire, to balance with the strobes and f/stop in use for the flash exposure.

Don't forget to warm the strobes with gels to enhance the warmth of the light to be compatible with the fireplace environment. Dropping the color balance down to about 4800 degs. Kelvin should render a nice effect. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
 
 
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Thanks Rick,

Let try some shots this weekend.

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