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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008
Master dawn and dusk photographs with these pro tips.
Problem: Background vanishes
Solution: Turn off the flash to force the camera to gather all the ambient light. Set up a tripod and self-timer–a slower shutter speed means any movement (even pressing the shutter button) could blur the image. We like the lightweight (1.6 oz) Gorillapod tripod ($25, joby.com). For digital cameras with manual settings, experiment with ISOs of 400 or higher for increased light sensitivity. Warning: High ISOs can add more noise (discontinuous colored dots) to digital images.
Problem: Subject doesn't pop
Solution: Shoot from an angle where the available natural light or reflection illuminates your subject. Or, use your headlamp to highlight the people or objects you want to be brighter than the background. During long exposures, deploy a headlamp like a manual flash by shining it on places you want to illuminate more.
Problem: Background is too dark and close
Solution: Point the flash away from your subject and diffuse it by bouncing it off a light-colored jacket or natural feature like birch bark. Alternatively, turn off the flash and change your angle to shoot a silhouette against a lighter background like a campfire or a glowing horizon at sunrise or sunset.