N51 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 6 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4274 times:
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to ride along with a Medevac crew to take pictures of their new aircraft (an S76 C). I have a Nikon D80 and was using the NIKKOR 10.5mm fisheye for the pictures I took in the cabin of the helicopter. As far as the weather conditions, I was shooting during the morning and mid day of a sunny day with no clouds.
One of the situations I found myself in was during the flight, trying to get the right balance of light in the aircraft (so that it was bright enough to see the inside) without blowing out the view through the windows. I've attached two examples of what I'm talking about.
f/5, 1/250, ISO-400, no flash. This one has better lighting in the cabin, but as you can see, the view out the windows is completely blown out.
My question is, what could I have done differently so that the cabin is better lit, but not at the expense of losing the view out the window (i.e. should I have used settings closer to what I did for the dark cabin picture, but also used flash? Or is it just an unfortunate back lit situation where there is no good answer?
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1308 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4265 times:
Go into Aperture mode and point the camera at the window. Check the aperture and shutter value and put it in Manual mode with the same f/stop number and shutter speed. Now open your flash and shoot. The results should be that the exterior is exposed correctly while the interior is lit up by the flash. Examples.
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2581 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4246 times:
I'm with Matt on this one - you will not be able to balance the bright sunlight out the windows with the relative darkness of the cabin without some fill flash. I don't have any in the DB here, but have several shots using the technique Matt described - expose for outside, and use flash to light the interior.
It was a bit of a gloomy day, but here's an example:
If you are doing this in flight, you might want to let the crew know beforehand that you will be popping a flash, just to help eliminate any distractions/surprises.
Thanks for the tip Matt. That actually makes a lot of sense.
Quoting Moose135 (Reply 2): If you are doing this in flight, you might want to let the crew know beforehand that you will be popping a flash, just to help eliminate any distractions/surprises.
Yeah, that's exactly why I didn't try it at the time. The last thing I wanted to do was start sending off flashes without having asked the crew first.
Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 3): Keep in mind you will need an external flash with the 10.5, to avoid a big ugly shadow
Good point. I was taking a few flash pics with the 10.5 of the crew quarters, and noticed the big ugly shadow on the ground. It was my first time shooting with that lens so while the pictures didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, it was a great learning experience!