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    Help with washed out sky



    I need some suggestions on dealing with the sun for an outdoor
    photo. I recently took a team photo of my son's soccer team. It was
    about 10 o'clock in the morning with the sun about 30 degrees above the
    horizon with no cloud cover. I don't like taking these types of photos
    with the sun to my back because the subjects all squint to avoid
    staring into the sun. So, I took the photo with the sun at about 10
    o'clock with respect to me. Using a flash to fill in the shadows, the
    photo turned out OK, but the sky was washed out on the sun side (my
    left) and blue on my right. I would really like to figure out the best
    way to take one of these photos and get a blue sky. I live in Arizona,
    so we have about 300 days a year of blue skies.


    mike





    Canon 40D


    Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens


    Canon 220 external flash

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    Re: Help with washed out sky



    The maximum flash sync speed of the 40D is 1/250. You need to turn on the high speed sync of your flash to allow faster shutter speed. I don't know if the 220 has that function.

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    Re: Help with washed out sky



    Use manual setting on camera. Set the f-stop to 16 and set the flash to manual and full power. Experiment you may have to open the aperture up a little if the flash isn't powerful enough.

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    Re: Help with washed out sky



    I'd suggest playing with a polarizing filter, and then play with the curves.

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