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    How should I expose for back-lit flower

    Good afternoon.

    I'm using a single mono light strobe with barn doors to back-light a flower/plant.

    How should I meter this situation (I point the light meter directly at the flash)? Over expose by a stop? by two stops???

    Thank you.

    Sal

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    Re: How should I expose for back-lit flower

    Unless you want a silhouette effect, you need to give ample exposure to pick up details in the flower.

    Perhaps you can use a white reflector to bounce the light back onto the front of the flower.

    Otherwise, take a flash meter reading off of the front of the flower, open up 2 stops, bracket your exposure, and hope for the best.

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    Re: How should I expose for back-lit flower

    Depends on the kind of meter you have.
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