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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

That's a nice silhouette! You're running into the same problem that anyone runs into when photographing a very backlit subject: a lot of light is coming from the background and creating a drastic ...
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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

Changing the exposure compensation or using manual exposure can brighten your subject, but it will also make the sky brighter. Too bright to see the effect of the sunset. You can't change the laws ...
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Top sunrise and sunset spot in New York

Since most visitors come to New York City and refer to it as New York, I will base my answers on the assumption you mean New York City (we can be pedantic around here :) ). Manhattan Island runs ...
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What are these strange lines that are visible at sunset?

It's called lens flare. Light from the sun that is just out of frame is striking the surface of your camera's lens or surrounding housing and bouncing around inside the lens. Some of that light is ...
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How to take pictures with sunset background without flash?

You are up against the dynamic range - the difference between brightest highlights with visible detail and darkest shadows with visible detail. No camera currently available can cover as big a range ...
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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

In this case, the difference is not really huge, and if you have the shot in raw, it should be possible to bring up the shadows in postprocessing while not making it look unnatural. To some extent, it'...
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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

In short, you can not get both the subject and the sky equally exposed without a flash. Camera sensors do not have that much dynamic range. If you get that sky at f/4 you have to use a flash in ...
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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

You ask how to do this without a flash, but this is absolutely a situation where you should use flash — at least, if you don't want the silhouette effect you have here. You could create a composite ...
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How to achieve bright lighting during sunset

It's pretty much all post-processing. Search for internet articles using the terms tone mapping, exposure fusion, noise reduction, and HDR.
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What are the optimal settings to photograph moon/dawn/sunrise/dusk/sunset?

I just got a new camera, a Canon EOS Rebel xti Congratulations! New gear is always exciting. ;-) Also, welcome to Photo.SE. I am still learning what it can do. First thing to do: Read the manual. ...
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How to take pictures with sunset background without flash?

That's a tough one. The difference in brightness between the sun (a very bright light source) and someone facing away from the sun at sunset is pretty big, and cameras, whether film or digital, can ...
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How to achieve sunset shots without a silhouetted foreground

For an image like this, if you don't want to process multiple exposures in Photoshop you could use a graduated ND filter. Since the skyline is fairly straight a hard graduated 2 or 3 stop filter might ...
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How to take pictures with sunset background without flash?

Another thing that hasn't been mentioned here is "grad filter". This will create sort of physical HDR image for you. Grad (gradual) neutral density filter usually has horizontal split of optical ...
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Images taken in sunset at 7pm (with back toward the sun) make skin appear orange

Yes, there is a form of spectrum distortion: At sunset the light from the sun has to pass through more atmosphere, which scatters the light, but this scattering effect is strong the higher the ...
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Proper exposure for taking a sunset, stars, and moonrise timelapse

After asking this question, I went out to do the shoot. I made several mistakes but also learned some valuable lessons (for me) and I wanted to share them. I was able to get a reasonable sunset to ...
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Why are my photo's not so sharp even when using a tripod?

After comments & question edit I'm still only concentrating on the first 2 images, as a single question. The others ought to be separated out. At exposure times of 2.5s & 0.5s respectively, I'...
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Why does the sun look odd when merging 360° photos to HDR?

I am not expert in HDR, but what I see in PS is this HDRi module do not work well, do not handle well the Sun. Also do not give you some controls you can find in HDR module of LR. With very fast and ...
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How to edit sunsets & sunrises to achieve a soft, peachy-pink color over the usual orange?

This answer is: Thoughts on how to shoot sunsets so you end up with the best capture of the actual colors present in the scene BEFORE you do any post production. The best way to get the "soft, ...
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Post-processing goal: three different exposures?

While there are multiple ways to do this, my preferred approach is exposure blending. You basically take multiple exposures from LR and blend them together in Photoshop using luminosity masks. You may ...
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Images taken in sunset at 7pm (with back toward the sun) make skin appear orange

What you are describing is due to a complex assortment of events. First of all, at sunset and sunrise the world appears, bathed in red-orange-yellow light. At these times, sunlight must filter through ...
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How do I plan for the lighting for landscape photography?

There might be an answer to your question now. With the release of TPE 3D, you can see the shadows and lights in the 3 dimensional world. Of course, this will not show you additional obstacles like ...
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Helios for Android / Timing Sunset pictures in general

Golden Hour is pretty good, but I also supplement with LunaSolCal for geekier stats (twilight phases, azimuth and direction, etc). Edit: Sun Surveyor offers AR (paid app).
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How to take pictures with sunset background without flash?

For the best image flash is the way to go. HDR will work as well, but it requires that extra processing on the computer. A reflector may work, but if you are doing street photography the reflector ...
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How to take pictures with sunset background without flash?

This can be achieved using a tripod. You need to shoot multiple exposures, minimum 3 clicks. First a normal exposure, second one to be a under exposed image (bring the light meter 2 f stops low.), 3rd ...
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How to achieve sunset shots without a silhouetted foreground

In addition to reading your Nikon D810 user manual, about "Active D-Lighting", "Bracketing", "HDR" photography, "Autoexposure Lock" and using Manual exposure settings, you might find these questions / ...
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What are the optimal settings to photograph moon/dawn/sunrise/dusk/sunset?

The moon can be tricky since cameras will meter for the moon and all the black sky around it. This will fool the cameras lightmeter. Since the same sun falls on the moon as on the earth, the basic ...
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