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light from a street lamp for a portrait


Washington, US
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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007
Fri 21-Sep-12 11:36 PM

I usually shoot alone, however tonight I had a lady and her brother with me. I had an idea for a portrait-type photo using the light from a streetlamp. The young man is a avid photographer and served as the subject.

I used a tripod, ISO set to 1600, and the shutter speed was 1/2 second; not fast enough for a sharp image. I tried various white balance settings and none worked. When I attempted to resolve the WB issue in Lightroom, I realized that the globes were tinted. What will work to set the WB; gray card?

Is it possible to get a good photo of a person under these conditions? I don't need to, just wondered if it's possible.

I'd prefer to have the building in the backgrund further away from his head. There is a bright light that the pole is covering, so my angle was limited.

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